Import Permit Requirements for Infectious Biological Agents Subject of July 5 Webcast
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a public webcast July 5 to discuss a final rule that, effective April 5, amended the regulations regarding the importation of infectious biological agents, infectious substances and vectors. This rule clarified provisions on the import permits required for such items, increased oversight of import permits by implementing inspections, and specified exemptions from the permit requirement.
The CDC states that the upcoming webcast is an opportunity for the regulated community (i.e., academic institutions and biomedical centers; commercial manufacturing facilities; federal, state and local laboratories, including clinical and diagnostic laboratories; research facilities; exhibition facilities; and educational facilities) and other interested individuals to obtain specific guidance and information regarding the newly amended regulations. The webcast will also provide assistance to those interested in applying for an etiological agent import permit. Instructions for registering to participate in this webcast are available here.