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EORI numbers and clinical trial supplies

An Economic Operators Registration Identification (EORI) number is needed to transport goods, including clinical trial supplies between Great Britain and the EU.

UCL’s EORI number is GB524371168000, or XI524371168000 if moving goods to/from Northern Ireland.

UCLH’s EORI number is: GB654948687000.

For a clinical trial, if your pharmacy (or wider non-medicines trust procurement team) directly imports any medicines, clinical trial supplies or other products into the UK from the EU, you will need an EORI number to track and register customs data, as you would do when already importing from the rest of the world.

If your organisation exports from Great Britain to the EU – e.g. clinical trial sites – a UK EORI number must be used by the business making the export declaration and an EU EORI number must be used by the business making the import declaration on the EU side.

As a general rule:

  • When exporting from the EU to GB, an EU EORI number must be used by the business making the export declaration and a UK EORI number (starting with GB) must be used by the business making the import declaration.
  • When exporting from GB to the EU, a UK EORI number (starting with GB) must be used by the business making the export declaration and an EU EORI number must be used by the business making the import declaration. This is irrespective of the value of goods declared on that declaration.  
  • In many cases, but not always, the business making the export declaration will be the business sending the goods and the business making the import declaration will be the one receiving the goods. Those businesses will need to use the principles above to determine which EORI number to use.
  • It is possible for the same business to be responsible for both the export and import declarations, in which case, it will need both a UK EORI number (starting with GB) and an EU EORI number.
  • For supplies moving to or from clinical trial sites, it is up to the parties involved to decide who is taking responsibility for the export/import. There is nothing to prevent the sponsor responsible for the trial declaring the goods if that is what has been agreed between the parties. However, whoever makes the declaration must be aware that they are responsible.