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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Veterinary Biologics


Pursuant to Chapter 1.5 (commencing with section 9201) of Part 1, of Division 5, of the Food and Agricultural Code, as amended by AB 1709 (Assem. Bill No. 1709 (2009-2010 Reg. Sess.)), the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health Branch no longer has the authority to authorize the production/ distribution of biologics in California. This authority now resides with the United States Department of Agriculture, 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)