The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regulates the production,
manufacture, and sale of foods, drugs, medical devices and cosmetics in
California pursuant to the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law (California
Health and Safety Code (HSC), Division 104, Part 5, [Section 109875 et seq.]).
HSC Sections 110190 through 110240 allow CDPH to issue export documents, upon
request of CDPH licensed or registered food, drug, medical device, and cosmetic
firms who desire to export their products to other countries. This law
establishes a one-time fee of $100, plus a fee-for-service charge of $80 per
hour, at a minimum charge of $25 per request. Any attendant costs incurred by
the department, including but not limited to, the costs of additional
inspection, priority mailing, or notary service necessitated by the request
shall be paid by the persons applying to the department for export documents.
These charges and fees are nonreturnable.
Notice: Export Program Notary Fee Increase
(Per Amendment to California Government Code Section 8211 and 8223)
Effective: July 1, 2017
The California Government Code Sections 8211 and 8223 were recently amended to increase notary fees from $10.00 to $15.00 allowing the Export program the authority to increase our notary fees to $15.00. The Export Program will continue to provide good and timely service to the California food, drug, medical device and cosmetic exporters.
The export document certifies that the firm manufactures and distributes
products manufactured in the State of California and is registered or licensed
with the Department. The export certificate also acknowledges that the
manufacturer has been inspected by CDPH to assure its compliance with the
applicable provisions of the Federal Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations,
which are adopted under California law.
Export Document Applications may now be submitted electronically and fees
Online Export Document Application Benefits include:
Streamlined, step-by-step process for applications
Ability to pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
Online user will be able to view Export applications submitted under their
Easily apply for new or renew applications
System saves incomplete applications
Keeps history of all applications
Facilitates with accurate and complete application submissions
Provides clear calculation of fees
An online account will need to be created for each user who wishes to
apply for CDPH issued Export documents. To request an account, send an e-mail to FDBExports@cdph.ca.gov with
the following information.
Requestor’s Phone Number
Requestor’s Role (e.g., Manufacturer, Distributor, or Broker)
California Department of Public Health issued Manufacturer’s License or
Registration Number(s) for the Export Document Applications that the requestor
plans to submit
Manufacturer’s Product Type (e.g., Food, Drug, Medical Device, Cosmetic, Pet
Food, and Seafood)
Requests for new user accounts will be followed up via e-mail within
three business days.
If submitting requests in paper form, please fill out the CDPH 8582 form (PDF).
Older versions of the CDPH 8582 dated prior to 05/14 will not be accepted. The
completed form must be submitted directly to CDPH Food and Drug Branch to the
address listed on the application form. The application must include the
appropriate fees and individual product labels intended for export. Up to four
countries may be requested per application. If more than four (4) products (up
to 25 products) are to be listed on your application, please submit an
electronic copy of the product list in either Microsoft Word or Excel format.
Product lists must be submitted with the application by mail on a CD or can be
submitted by email to FDBExports@cdph.ca.gov making sure to
reference the manufacturer’s name, CDPH license/registration number, and check
number for the specific request. Applicants will receive an acknowledgement that
the submission was received. Legible electronic copies of the product labels
will be accepted. Individual product labels are reviewed for content and format
during the processing of export applications. Existing products obtaining new
labels and new products introduced into the market place, will require a new
export application request for these product labels. If applications are
submitted without labels, the Department will make one follow-up contact to
request labels be submitted. If labels are not submitted within two weeks, the
application will be returned. Incomplete applications may result in a denial.
Application fees are nonreturnable.
The California Health and Safety Code establishing the requirements for the Export Document Application can
be reviewed online.
These requirements are specifically found in HSC Sections 110190-110240
(beginning on page 14). HSC Section 110200 (page 14 & page 15) describes
what information is required to appear on the export certificate and that the
applying firm may request adding statements to the export certificate subject to
approval by the Department.
of Manufacture are issued to any person who has a valid CDPH registration,
license, certificate, or permit to manufacture or produce a food, drug, medical
device, or cosmetic in this state. Requests for the Department to issue an
official copy of the valid registration, license, certificate, or permit cost
$15 per certificate and may be requested using the online or hard copy
you have any questions, please contact the Export Document Program desk at (916)
650-6519 or send an email to FDBExports@cdph.ca.gov.