FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will soon launch a new online system that will enable animal food, drug and device manufacturers to apply for, track and receive export certificates electronically for the first time. The newly available electronic certificates will help facilitate exports by assisting industry in fulfilling importing country requirements for certification by CVM of CVM-regulated animal products. Once fully implemented, the CVM Export Certification Application and Tracking System (CVM eCATS) will also provide a tool for foreign governments to verify the authenticity of export certificates provided to them by industry.
Starting in June 2020, CVM will accept applications from industry for the following export certificates through CVM eCATS: the Certificate of Exportability (COE), Certificate to Foreign Government (CFG), Certificate of Free Sale (COFS), Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product (CPP), and Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) Certificate. Applications for these export certificates are currently accepted in paper format through FDA Forms 3613, 3613a, and 3613b.
CVM eCATS will enable US exporters of animal food, drugs and devices to apply for and obtain export certificates electronically, track the status of requests through email notifications, and print the approved certificates online (except for CPP, as CVM will continue to print and mail CPP certificate using the provided FedEx/UPS label). CVM eCATs will reduce the amount of time it takes for a manufacturer to apply for and receive export certificates; simplify the process for applying for multiple certificates; and enable foreign governments to verify the authenticity of a manufacturer’s export certificate via the website at any time, enabling faster import processing. The new portal will also help the FDA to more efficiently review the applications in a paper-less environment and better track applications and export certificates that have been issued.
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