Submitting a sample from outside the UK

Submitting a sample from outside the UK

We can accept mouth swabs and blood from EU and some non-EU countries

Submission from EU countries*

*Please follow this advice when submitting samples from EU member states and Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands

  1. Download and print the facilitation letter
  2. Please ensure that the swabs or bloods are inside a leak-proof plastic bag and that bloods are additionally packaged with enough absorbent material to absorb all of the liquid content in the event of damage.
  3. Include the facilitation letter, submission form and samples in the envelope for shipping.
  4. Samples can be sent in the mail or via international courier that will provide you with a tracking number and estimated delivery date. If using a courier you will need to advise them that the swabs are exempt animal specimens and tell them our EORI number: GB991261800019
  5. The value that you declare on your Customs form should not total more than £5. This is the value of the swabs themselves, not the price of your order.

Please note: There should not be any duties or taxes applied. If there are any Collect on Delivery (COD) fees associated with your package, we will contact you for payment. Any duties, fees or taxes are the responsibility of the customer. Sample processing will be delayed until all outstanding balances are paid.

Submission from outside the EU

We can only accept canine and feline blood and buccal swabs for genetic testing from a few non-EU countries listed below.

1.  Download and print the DEFRA import licence for: Australia, Belarus, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.

2.  Download, print and complete the Inventory Form. This form also contains a check-list.

3.  The authorised person responsible for sending the samples must provide, on headed/official paper, a signed letter that includes the following declaration:

“These products are not derived from animals known or suspected to be infected with a pathogen which causes a notifiable disease to which the animals from which the products are derived are susceptible according to European Regulations* or the Animal Health Regulations of the exporting country. These products do not originate from animals in a premises or region or zone of a country that is subject to official restrictions due to a notifiable disease to which the animals are susceptible according to European or other National Animal Health Regulations.”

*Council Directive 82/894/EEC of 21 December 1982 (as amended) on the notification of animal diseases within the Community.

If samples are blood/tissue please include: “The animals from which these samples of blood/tissue are collected are not showing clinical signs of an infectious disease.“

4.  Attach ALL THREE documents to the OUTSIDE of the package containing your samples.


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