APPENDIX 1F Importing Biological Materials

  1. Paula Wolf Bryant

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471143030.cba01fs00

Current Protocols in Cell Biology

Current Protocols in Cell Biology

How to Cite

Bryant, P. W. 2001. Importing Biological Materials. Current Protocols in Cell Biology. 5:1F:A.1F.1–A.1F.3.

Author Information

  1. Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: JAN 2000


Scientific cooperation is no longer confined to laboratories at the same institution, nor between laboratories within the boundaries of the United States. More than ever, scientists are forming collaborations with their peers outside the U.S., leading not only to the exchange of knowledge and ideas, but also to the exchange of biological reagents. Thus, investigators need to be aware that an import permit may be required to obtain purified proteins, chemically synthesized materials, cell lines, tissues, and other biological materials from abroad. Before requesting any biological material from a laboratory outside the U.S., it is the responsibility of the “receiver” to ascertain whether an import permit is required, to apply for the permit if one is determined to be necessary, and to provide the “shipper” with an official copy of the permit to be included with the shipped material. This unit identifies the appropriate agencies and steps required to obtain a permit.