Preserved Specimens

​​​​​​​​​Animals or parts of animals preserved in any of the following fixative solutions may be imported without further restriction:
  1. Methanol, ethanol, or isopropyl alcohol at a concentration of at least 70%;
  2. Glutaraldehyde at a minimum concentration of 2.5%;
  3. Formaldehyde at a concentration of at least 5%;
  4. Osmium tetroxide at a minimum concentration of 1% (electron microscopy only)​​;
  5. Bouin's Solution;
  6. Steedman's Solution (plankton only);
  7. Davidson's Fixative​​.

Note: Use of RNALater as a preservative requires assessment on a case by case basis prior to import. Potential importers must lodge a completed Application for Special Authority to email for consideration by the Chief Veterinary Officer. Any approval to import will be under ​conditions specified within a Special Authority.

Upon arrival in Tasmania each consignment must have on the outside of the packaging:​

    • a clear description of the contents, and
    • contact details of both supplier and importer, and
    • purpose of importation, and
    • a copy of any documentation relevant to the approval of the importation both into Australia and/or Tasmania as applicable.
    • Upon request consignments must be presented to a Biosecurity Tasmania Inspector for inspection at an approved place.
For information on importing specimens into Mainland Tasmania from Macquarie Island, please refer to the webpage ​Macquarie Island Specimens​​.

For further information:​


Animal Disease Enquiries
13 St Johns Avenue
New Town TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6165 3777