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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Veterinary Biologics


The Biologics program was modeled after the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Veterinary Biologics Program and directly incorporates the federal Animal Welfare Act, Part 3 (commencing with Section 3.1) of Subchapter A of Chapter 1 of Title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations. As of December 31, 2010, all veterinary biologics registered with the California Department of Food and Agriculture received a USDA Veterinary Biological Product License. No veterinary biologics are being produced under a California Biologics License and no new biologics registrations are being accepted or processed.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture continues to be an advocate for developmental biologics of importance to the California livestock industry and interacts with interested entities to provide guidance on the process of obtaining a United States Veterinary Biological Product License through the United States Department of Agriculture’s, Center for Veterinary Biologics.


Commercial Blood Banks for Animals


In California, two commercial blood banks for animals continue to produce blood and blood products under California licenses. Commercial blood banks for animals are establishments that produce animal blood and blood products to market or sell for the use in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of injury or disease in animals. California law prohibits the offering for sale or use of any animal blood and blood component product unless it is produced in an establishment licensed by the Secretary [Food and Agricultural Code 9241(b)]. California requires a license for each commercial blood bank for animals establishment and requires the registration of each blood and blood product being produced and sold. Application and licensing requirements must be met to qualify for licensure.

Establishments must annually file an Application for License as a Commercial Blood Bank for Animals (Form 76-050) with the annual licensing fee of $250.00

Initial Application (Nonrefundable)  $250.00
Annual License Renewal Fee           $250.00
Application for License as a Commercial Blood Bank for Animals (Form 76-050)
Application for Registration of Commercial Blood Bank Products (Form 76-051)