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

Please follow the advice below when sending us samples from EU member states, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

Submission from EU countries

1.  Download and print the APHA Facilitation letter

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

3.  Include a copy of these documents in the package containing your samples.

Submission from outside the EU

We can only accept canine and feline blood and buccal swabs 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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