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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Vaccines, Blood & Biologics

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General Questions

The "Certificate to Foreign Government" is for the export of products legally marketed in the United States. Certificate requests should include the information listed in Supplementary Information - Certificate to Foreign Government Requests. Please ensure that the Exporter's Certification Statement is signed by a responsible official of the exporting firm and is enclosed with the certificate request. Please ensure that the appropriate Exporter Certification Statements for Certificate to Foreign Government Requests for Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (procured prior to May 25, 2005, or on or after May 25, 2005) is signed by a responsible official of the exporting firm and is enclosed with the certificate request.

The "Certificate of Exportability" is for the export of products not approved for marketing in the United States (unapproved products) that meet the requirements of Sections 801(e) or 802 of the Act. Certificate requests should include the information listed in Supplementary Information - Certificate of Exportability Requests. Please ensure that the Exporter's Certification Statement is signed by a responsible official of the exporting firm and is enclosed with the certificate request.

The "Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product" conforms to the format established by the World Health Organization(WHO) and is intended for use by the importing country when the product in question is under consideration for a product license that will authorize its importation and sale or for renewal, extension, amending or reviewing a license. WHO Certificate requests should include the information listed in Supplementary Information - Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product Requests. Please ensure that the Exporter's Certification Statement is signed by a responsible official of the exporting firm and is enclosed with the certificate request.

The "Non-clinical Research Use Only Certificate" is for the export of a non-clinical research use only product, material, or component that is not intended for human use which may be marketed in, and legally exported from the United States under the Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Certificate requests should include the information listed in Supplementary Information - Non-clinical Research Use Only Certificate Requests. Please ensure that the Exporter's Certification Statement is signed by a responsible official of the exporting firm and is enclosed with the certificate request.

Please type certificate requests or print clearly.

In most cases, one product will be listed per certificate. However, products that were approved under the same PLA / BLA, NDA, PMA or 510(k) application or similar unapproved products may be listed on the same certificate based on the available space for a one page certificate. Certificate requests for listing multiple products will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

If information is omitted in the application by the requester or if clarification is needed on the supplied information, the requester will be contacted via telephone or FAX. If the requester does not provide the necessary information within 48 hours, the request for certificates will be returned and will need to be resubmitted for FDA review.

Questions may be directed to the Import/Export Team at 301-827-6201. Contacts are Kimberly A. Cressotti, Marc Alston, and Shannon Aldrich.

Send the request and supporting documents to:

Food and Drug Administration
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality
Division of Case Management
1401 Rockville Pike, Attention: HFM-624
Rockville, MD 20852
or via FAX at 301-827-9189

FDA/CBER will only issue export certificates for final products that will be exported from the United States.

On October 1, 1996, CBER was given the authority to charge $175 for the first two certificates and $85 for any subsequent certificates issued for the same product(s) in response to the same certificate request. Please do not submit a check with your request, as FDA will bill you quarterly for issued certificates.

You may enclose a completed mailing form and mailing supplies to expedite the return of Certificates.

Issuance of a "Certificate to Foreign Government", "Certificate of Exportability" or "Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product" will not preclude regulatory action by FDA, if warranted, against products covered by the Certificate.

A "Certificate to Foreign Government", "Certificate of Exportability" or "Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product" is issued by FDA solely for export purposes and may not be used for domestic advertising.