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Licensing Program and Importation Permits

As of April 1st 2013, some programs at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Office of Biohazard Containment and Safety were transferred to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). That is, issuance of import permits for human and most terrestrial animal pathogens, as well as requests for CL2 compliance letters and High Biocontainment certification of laboratories handling these types of pathogens will be offered through a single office located within the Center for Biosecurity (CB) at PHAC. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office by phone at 613-957-1779 or by email: for permits and compliance letter questions; for biosafety questions biosafety_biosécurité; and for high biocontainment certifications and questions

The Licensing Program receives, validates, and reviews importation applications for regulated human pathogens and toxins.

Application Process

  1. Submission of an Application for permit to import pathogen(s) (PDF Document - 810 KB - 3 pages) (Updated) to CB by mail or by facsimile.
  2. Reception and Administrative Validation. The Licensing Program examines the application for administrative completeness and notifies the applicant of completeness (and assigned file number) or deficiency of its application by facsimile.
  3. Scientific Processing. The Licensing Program:
  4. Review and Approval.
  5. Issuance of the importation permit to the applicant by facsimile.

Additional Information and Forms