Disinfection and Decontamination of Items Used in the Transportation or Quarantine of Nonhuman Primates Imported under 42 CFR § 71.53
Date: July 26, 2022
CDC Policy Statement: Disinfection and Decontamination of Items Used in the Transportation or Quarantine of Nonhuman Primates Imported under 42 CFR § 71.53
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Global Migration & Quarantine (DGMQ), among other activities, administers regulations governing the importation of nonhuman primates (NHPs) into the United States.
Under the authority of section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 264), the Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to make and enforce regulations to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and from one U.S. state or territory into any other U.S. state or territory. Federal quarantine regulations (42 CFR § 71.53) restrict the importation of NHPs into the United States. Under these regulations, importers of NHPs must register with CDC and implement infection control measures. They may only import and distribute NHPs for bona fide scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes, as defined in the regulations.
Products and procedures used to disinfect and decontaminate items used in the transportation or quarantine of NHPs imported under 42 CFR § 71.53 must inactivate a broad spectrum of microorganisms, including Mycobacterium species that cause tuberculosis. Chemical products used for disinfection and decontamination of reusable items and surfaces must be labeled as tuberculocidal, virucidal, and bactericidal. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of registered disinfectants can be found at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/selected-epa-registered-disinfectants#pathogens.
This policy statement is effective July 26, 2022.
Any questions concerning this policy may be addressed by contacting the DGMQ NHP Import Program at NHPImporters@cdc.gov.