Human pathogenic organisms and genetically active material may be imported without restriction. Exceptions to this rule are human pathogenic organisms, which fall under the Goods Control ordinance or under the War Material Act.
To date the FOPH has issued import confirmations upon request. This service will be discontinued until a specific legal basis enters into force. In the event that a consignment should be blocked at the border, the importer or customs can contact the FOPH by phone (tel. +41 58 463 51 54) or by email (email@example.com).
The import of certain organisms is subject to licence and an application must be submitted to the relevant authority. Details can be found in the table under “Documents”.
- SECB: Practical instructions for the transport, import and export of biological substances
Goods Control Ordinance (annexes)List of microorganisms subject to the Goods Control Ordinance (in German, see annexes/Anhänge 1+2, from p. 65, IC351-IC354)
- WHO Guidance on regulations for the Transport of Infectious Substances
Last modification 18.03.2021
Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Biosafety, Human Genetics and Reproductive Medicine Section
Tel. +41 58 463 51 54