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Export of human substances

25 September 2021

The TGA issues permits for the export of human substances specified in schedule 6 of Regulation 8 of the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958.

'Human substances' refers to goods of human origin that may be regulated as biologicals or medicines and which are:

  • human body fluids, organs and other tissues

OR

  • substances derived from human blood

For more information, refer to Export of human substances guidance

Human body fluids, organs and other tissues

To export human body fluids, organs or other tissues, you:

  • do not need a TGA export permit when the volume of each individual container is 50mL or less
  • will need a TGA export permit when the volume of a container exceeds 50mL.

Substances derived from human blood

You will need a TGA export permit if you are exporting substances derived from human blood, regardless of the volume.

Breast milk and placenta

You do not need a TGA export permit to export human breast milk or placenta.

Contact your state or territory health department regarding their requirements for handling and storage.