Information for clients outside the E.U.

Important Information for samples being sent from overseas (outside the U.K. and E.U.) to the United Kingdom.

Under U.K. law importation of samples for diagnostic purposes from E.U. countries do not require a licence but from non-E.U. countries a licence is required. Below is a copy of our licence to import diagnostic samples from animal origin and a printout of this should be sent with every sample so that, if there is any problem, they can contact us quickly.

Tissues for histological examination should be fixed in formalin, and slides and smears for cytological examination should be air dried as normal and then immersed in alcohol (preferably ethanol) for a few minutes. Please try to ensure that cytology slides are packaged in an airtight fashion to prevent formalin exposure to the cytology slides. Exposure to formalin significantly reduces the diagnostic usefulness of cytology preparations.

For non-fixed tissues such as blood, urine, swabs, faeces etc. our licence currently applies to ten countries, but that is being continually updated with new countries added when necessary. If you are from a country not included on this list please contact us and we will apply to extend our licence to your country.

If you are not a current client please contact us first to setup your account before sending us any tissue using this method.

There maybe some delay if these measures are not adhered to.

Import Licence Information: (updated February 2016)

  • Licence No TARP/2014/169B (see Arabian document for additional numbers)
  • All packages must be clearly labelled "Animal Pathogen importation authorised by licence number TARP/2014/169B issued under the Trade in Animal Products and Related Product Regulations 2011"


Please fill in the details requested (including your address) so that we can process your sample correctly and without delay. Forms not filled out correctly may NOT be processed.

To download all of the forms below as an archive (.zip or .lzh) click on the icons.

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Import Licence Label:

Import Licence Label:

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Import Address Label :

Import Address Label:

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Import Licence :

Import Licences :

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Importdeclaration :

Import declaration:

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(updated 07/07/2015)