Non-native species are animals and plants that have been deliberately moved outside their natural environment due to human action. Most of these are unable to survive in an unfamiliar and uncontrolled environment and eventually die out.
However, some non-native animals and plants manage to adapt to their new surroundings and eventually establish themselves in the wild, where they can cause significant ecological and economic damage. These are also known as invasive alien species (IAS).
EU regulation No. 1143/2014 sets out rules to prevent and minimise the impact of the introduction and spread of non-native animals and plants.
The regulation allows some use of these animal and plants. You can apply for a permit to use these for research, conversation, science and medicine purposes.
Complete the application for a derogation under Article 8 if you want to apply for a permit to use non-native animals and plants for research, conservation, science and medicine purposes
Complete the application for a derogation under Article 9 if you want to apply for a permit to use non-native animals and plants for other activities listed in the regulations
Send your completed form to APHA Centre for International Trade: Bristol.
See the importing non-native animals guidance and the non-native species secretariat website for further information on non-native species.