Activities with pathogens Display

Anyone who wants to bring pathogens to Germany for the first time, export them, store them, dispense them or work with them must notify the competent authority at least 30 days before admission. If the notification of the activity with pathogens has already been laid down in another procedure regulated by federal law, reference can be made to the documents submitted there.

All activities involving pathogens must be reported to the competent authority, regardless of whether they are exempt from authorisation or subject to authorisation.

The competent authority shall be notified of:

  • the nature and scope of the intended activity
  • the nature of rooms and facilities, and
  • the disposal measures

The termination or resumption of activity must also be indicated.

Further information on the topic of "Activities with pathogens" can be found in the following services:

  • Activities with pathogens Change indication
  • Activities with pathogens permit
  • Certified copy of the permit according to § 44 Infection Protection Act (IfSG), if issued by another competent authority

Related Links

  • § 44 Infection Protection Act (IfSG)

The application must be submitted informally.


If there is a risk to the health of the population, the competent authority shall prohibit the commencement of activity with pathogens. This is particularly the case if there are no suitable rooms or facilities for the activities or if the conditions for safe disposal are not met.

Related Links

  • § 49 Infection Protection Act (IfSG)

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

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