APHA Category 2 – Cryoniss Accreditations

Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) is a sub department of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)


What does an APHA licence mean for our customers?

As part of its remit, APHA provides security against animal and plant diseases, alongside other hazards. Animal by-products are defined as any material isolated from an animal (not human). ABPs can present a risk to human and animal health, in particular in relation to:

  • Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs).
  • Dioxin contamination.
  • Exotic diseases such as Classical Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease. The APHA enforces the following European and UK regulations pertaining to the transport, storage, use and disposal of ABPs.
  • Article 23 of regulation (EC) No. 1069/2009 – sites must be registered for use or disposal of Animal by-products (ABP) under 24hr prior notification to DEFRA for ABP importation.
  • Animal by-products Enforcement (England) Regulations 2013 (ABPE) -establishments using animal by-products (ABPs) intended for research and diagnostic must be registered by APHA.Cryoniss is licenced to store Category 2 (High Risk) and Category 3 animal material at The Heath and Category 3 material at Alderley Park. Clients’ research samples often contain animal by-products (for example foetal bovine serum) or may even be taken directly from an animal, for example in vivo samples.

This APHA accreditation verifies that Cryoniss has the processes and procedures in place to ensure that these materials are stored in an appropriate manner.

During our customer onboarding process, we work with our customers to ensure compliance with these regulations throughout the chain of custody of samples. If necessary, we can support customers with implementing appropriate site licences and also oversee the importation and APHA notifications for samples arriving from abroad.

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