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Public Health Agency of Canada

Pathogens and Biological Toxins

Importer Contact Name
Required to be able to contact the importer in the event additional information is needed to make admissibility or release decision.
Importer Contact Telephone Number
Required to be able to contact the importer in the event additional information is needed to make admissibility or release decision.
Importer Contact Email Address
Required to be able to contact the importer in the event additional information is needed to make admissibility or release decision.
LPCO Type / Authorization Type
Facilities importing pathogens and toxins into Canada must have a valid Pathogens and Toxins Licence or Letter Acknowledging the Receipt of a Licence Application issued by PHAC as per the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and Health of Animals Act and Regulations. As such, importers must provide their authorization type and number so that it can be verified against the PHAC issued Licences. 
LPCO Number
Facilities importing pathogens and toxins into Canada must have a valid Pathogens and Toxins Licence or Letter Acknowledging the Receipt of a Licence Application issued by PHAC as per the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and Health of Animals Act and Regulations. As such, importers must provide their authorization type and number so that it can be verified against the PHAC issued Licences. 
File
This field is optional and provides the importer the ability to attach files related to the imported material and this may assist PHAC in making a release decision.
Effective Date
Pathogen and Toxins Licences and Letters Acknowledging the Receipt of a Licence Application have effective and expiry dates. Requesting this information from the importer and verifying it against the PHAC licence data provides an additional level of assurance that the importer possesses a valid licence to import the goods.
Expiry Date
Pathogen and Toxins Licences and Letters Acknowledging the Receipt of a Licence Application have effective and expiry dates. Requesting this information from the importer and verifying it against the PHAC licence data provides an additional level of assurance that the importer possesses a valid licence to import the goods.
Exception Process
Certain facilities may be conducting activities that are exempt from the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act orexcluded from the licencing requirement under the regulations. This data element allows importers to identify that they are exempt or excluded and therefore do not need a licence to import. 
Intended Use
The intended use of a Pathogen or Toxin combined with the product category will impact whether PHAC authorizes the import of a good or not. For instance, PHAC will not authorize the import of a pathogen that falls within the product categories of RG3 or RG4 if the intended use is for education and resale purposes.
UNDG
The UNDG code is optional but useful in understanding the nature of the imported pathogen or toxin. This may help PHAC when making a release decision.
Commodity Type
The type of Pathogen and Toxin Licence issued by PHAC is based on the risk group (i.e. product category) the facility is authorized to conduct controlled activities with, including import.   The Canadian product category is an essential piece of information that will allow the determination as to whether the importer has the appropriate licence type to import the goods.
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