Obtain Specimen Permit


According to 9 CFR 314.9(a) “Specimens of condemned or other inedible materials, including embryos and specimens of animals parasites, may be released for educational, research, or other nonfood purposes under a permit.” To obtain a permit, an application must be submitted to NCDA&CS Meat and Poultry Inspection Division. An application maybe submitted either electronically or by mail.

Items to consider before submitting the application:

*Permits will not be approved if the application is not filled out completely including specific amount of specimen needed.

*Permits will not be approved for items that can normally be purchased from an establishment.

*Permits may take 1-2 weeks for approval.

Steps to completing an application:

  1. Obtain permission from the management of a slaughterhouse under NCDA&CS MPID’s jurisdiction to collect the material you need. Document the establishment official's name that gave permission and the date/time of the conversation.
  2. Complete and submit either the electronic form or the printable hard copy.


    Fill out our electronic application form and submit it directly from the web site. (Please hit the tab key to move from one field to another. If you hit Enter the form will be forwarded before you have finished.)

    If you prefer, print off the hard copy form, Application to Obtain Specimens from Official Establishments, and mail the completed document to:

    NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Meat and Poultry Inspection Division
    1001 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1001
    Phone: (919) 707-3180