Marketing of alien small invertebrates

Legal bases and requirements

Marketing alien small invertebrates fundamentally require a federal licence.

The legal requirements for marketing alien small invertebrates can be found in:


The competence to issue authorisation and the relevant procedure depends on the type organisms and the application for which they are intended.

  • Insects, mites, nematodes for use as plant protection product

Licensing authority: Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO

Applications should be submitted to:

  • Insects, mites, nematodes except for use as plant protection products and other arthropods, annelids, nematodes and plathelminths for all uses:

Licensing authority: Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

Applications should be submitted to: Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Biotechnology Section, 3003 Bern, Tel. 058 462 93 49, e-mail:


Further information

Last modification 27.06.2023

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