Personal Care Products Council

Certificates of Free Sale - COVID-19 UPDATE:
In March 2020, all government agencies and embassy offices in Washington, DC closed temporarily due to the outbreak of COVID-19.  This closure left us without the ability to process any requests for Certificates of Free Sale or GMP certificates.  The DC notary office and the U.S. State Department reopened in June for mail-in service only. All embassies have now reopened for walk-in or mail-in service.  

Processing times for all requests are longer than normal due to the requirement to ship documents to the various government agencies.  Due to these delays, PCPC has suspended the Rush option for all requests.  
For certificates going to countries not subject to the Hague Convention (which require additional legalization), the completion time is at least 3 months.  These documents require legalization by the State Department which has a 3-month backlog.  Also, China has a 2-month backlog and requires additional paperwork. You will be required to complete an additional form for China requests.  We will continue to provide a temporary notarized document that can be used until the final document is received.  

We will make our best efforts to complete the legalization process as quickly as possible, but we are unable to provide an estimated a completion date for requests.

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