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Viable microorganisms that can be imported into Fiji subject to approval:

  • Fungi
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Protozoa
  • Unicellular algae

Products containing microorganisms can be imported for:

  • The isolation and enrichment of microorganisms, for example, meat or dairy samples for food safety
  • Laboratory research, diagnostic and analytical purposes (including equipment calibration and method validation)
  • Environmental use such as bio-insecticides
  • Bio-remedial works (for example biodegrading enzymes, biological cleaners, biological controls and industrial waste cleaners)
  • Use as probiotics and starter cultures for yoghurt and cheese production
  • Use as veterinary medicines and supplements

Guidelines for the commercial importation of microorganisms

  • Provide a list of microorganisms you intend to import to the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF)
  • BAF Microbiologist and the Veterinary Team will verify the list of microorganisms
  • The list must be accompanied by a formal letter under your company letterhead addressed to the BAF CEO stating the use, storage and disposal of the microbes/microbial sample(s)
  • Once your request is approved, you must apply for an import permit and pay the applicable fees. The import permit will stipulate the requirements under which the microbes/microbe sample(s) can be brought into Fiji
  • It is your responsibility to meet all the requirements/conditions of the import permit
  • The consignment will be inspected once it arrives into Fiji. There are fees and charges applicable for inspection and biosecurity clearance
  • Any violation of the import permit conditions will result in the microbes being destroyed at your cost

Documentation requirements for microorganisms to be brought into Fiji

  • The consignment must be clearly labelled and identify all the microbes, the intended use and carrier
  • To demonstrate compliance with this requirement you must present the following on a Manufacturer’s

    • The product description (e.g. live starter culture, enzyme, etc.)
    • A detailed description of the microorganism/starter culture (genus and species)
  • A written declaration indicating that the microorganism(s) is not considered to be pathogenic for livestock and plants
  • A statement that the product is not on a whole seed/grain or animal derived carrier (other than lactose)
  • A statement that the product is not a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)
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