Research and Diagnostic Samples
- Importation of Research and Diagnostic Samples Guidance Note (pdf 140Kb)
- VET15 Application (pdf 261Kb)
- Annex I Commercial Document R&D Samples (pdf 238Kb)
- Template Register R&D Samples (xls 11Kb)
Subject: Revised VET 15 Licence for Importation of Research and Diagnostic Samples from Third Countries (Non EU Countries)
This is a reminder to inform you of the introduction of a revised (annual) Vet15 licence to import samples of products of animal origin for research and diagnostic purposes from third countries. Revised (annual) Vet15 licences will be issued only to establishments registered to use animal by products and/or derived products for research or diagnostic purposes. All guidance, instruction and application forms to import research and diagnostic samples are available at:
Some queries were raised in relation to the application for the revised (annual) Vet15 licence and are clarified hereunder.
a) The revised annual VET15 licence to import samples of products of animal origin for research and diagnostic purposes from third countries is intended as a single annual licence per registered establishment and will cover the range of animal by-products and derived products an establishment is registered to use.
b) Revised (annual) Vet15 licences will be issued only to establishments registered to use animal by products and/or derived products for research or diagnostic purposes and which have been issued with a Certificate of Registration. All queries related to registration of establishments should be directed to Animal By-Products Section at AnimalByProducts@agriculture.gov.ie.
c) The applicant for the revised (annual) Vet15 licence must be the “operator” referred to in the Certificate of Registration. The “operator” is responsible for complying with the legislative requirements and conditions of registration.
d) Please ensure that your Certificate of Registration issued by Animal By-Products Section covers the entire range of animal by-products and/or derived products that the establishment imports for research and diagnostic purposes.
e) Transitional Arrangements – In order to facilitate the time an applicant may need to complete the Registration of Establishment with Animal By-Products Section a transitional period will apply until 28 February 2017 during which time applications for sample licences will continue to be accepted using the existing Vet 15 application form for imports intended to be imported before this date. All licence applications for imports of samples intended after 28th February 2017 must be submitted on the revised VET15 (Annual) application form.
f) Under the old Vet 15 application form it was a requirement that the importer registers with the Department as an Importer of animal products under SI No 269 of 2004. The importer registration number started with the letters IM. SI No 269 of 2004 has been revoked, there is no longer a requirement to register as an Importer.
g) There is no requirement for a Vet15 import licence in relation to the movement of research and diagnostic samples between EU Member States. In addition, research and diagnostic samples from Andorra, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Faeroe Islands, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland may also be imported without a Vet15 import licence. Further queries regarding the movement of research and diagnostic samples between EU Member States should be directed to AnimalByProducts@agriculture.gov.ie.
Further queries in relation to the revised (annual) Vet 15 licence application form should be directed to Animal Product Imports Section at AnimalProductImports@agriculture.gov.ie
Further queries in relation to Registration as an Establishment should be directed to Animal By-Products Section at AnimalByProducts@agriculture.gov.ie