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Exports Program Telephone:

(916) 650-6519


Exports Program Email:


Address (Courier Delivery):

California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch

1500 Capitol Ave, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95814


Address (Non-Courier Delivery):

California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch

P.O. Box 997435, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95899

Export Document Program

The FDB Export Document Program issues export certificates to licensed or registered CDPH firms, who wish to export their products to other countries, pursuant to the Health and Safety Code Sections 110190-110240.  This authorizes a person who ships to another country to request export documents, which states that CDPH does not object to the sale of food, drugs, devices, or cosmetics in California, or the shipment of the product to another country.

FDB Export Certificates

FDB Export Certificates are documents that certify that a firm is registered or licensed with the California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch (CDPH-FDB), and has been inspected by CDPH-FDB to assure its compliance with the applicable provisions of the Federal Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations, adopted under California law.  The FDB Export Certificate also serves as an official attestation from the department that the product(s) is manufactured or produced in the State of California. 

FDB Exports issues the following certificate types:  Free Sale/Export, Distributor, and Manufacturer.  To apply for a certificate, applications can be submitted electronically through the Export Document Application (EDA) system, or in paper form (CDPH 8582).  Note:  If applying electronically, applicants must request an online user account.  For more information regarding FDB Export certificate types, how to submit an application, application and product labeling requirements, and required fees, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). 

Note:  You must obtain a CDPH license/registration number before submitting an application to FDB Exports.  If you do not have a CDPH license/registration number, please call (916) 650-6500, and asked to be transferred to the Processed Food Registration desk.

For any additional questions, you may contact the department using the information on the left or email us at the following address:

**Certificate Update!  CDPH-FDB Exports will no longer offer the Distributor Certificate for cosmetic products.  If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to:**


For more information, please refer to the "Fee Increase" letter, under the "PROGRAM UPDATES" Section. 

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or by phone
(916) 650-6519.

*NOTICE: EDA Scheduled Maintenance:

The EDA system will be offline for scheduled maintenance on Wednesday August 3, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. This will effect both internal and external users.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any questions or concerns please send an email to


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