US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulates the import of all wildlife and wildlife products and requires that importers of these products be licensed and declare their shipments to the agency in order to obtain an import release. 

 

Chinese Hamsters are considered by FWS to be regulated wildlife so shipments of actual CHO cells, cultures or cell lines require importers to obtain a FWS license and declare their import shipments for clearance.

 

However, shipments of specimens or other CHO derived products that have been processed to the extent that animal material no longer remains in the specimen (e.g., antibodies or recombinant proteins extracted from CHO cells and purified to remove all cell material) do not require FWS import license or agency clearance.

 

In order to import processed CHO specimens or products without an import license,  the importer must provide a statement specifically describing the process by which the specimen or product was purified to remove all cell material, DNA, or animal material.

 

Requirements table:

 

Product type:

Import requirement:

Actual CHO cells, cell cultures, cell lines

Import  license and FWS clearance

Processed and purified CHO cell specimens or derived products

Statement specifically describing the process by which the specimen or product was purified to remove all cell material, DNA, or animal material

 

The FWS license application process can take up to 90 days.  Therefore, importers should plan their shipments accordingly. The fee for acquiring the import license is $100.

 

Questions can be sent to info@marken.com

 

Reference:

 

http://www.fws.gov/le/publicbulletin/pb122112-chinese-hamster-ovary-cell-specimens.pdf

 

 

18 FEB 2016 DJB