Contrary to what many agencies suggest, FDA Certificates may not and should not be Apostilled or Authenticated by the DC Secretary. Being the federal agency, FDA documents may only be presented to the United States Department of State authentications office for authentication.
Types of Certificates:
The three most common ones:
- Certificate to Foreign Government
- Certificate of Free Sale
- Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product
These certificates are printed on watermarked paper, contain an embossed seal of the agency and facsimile signature of the FDA official.
FDA certificates, do not require copy certification, notarization or other gimmicks that some may suggest. Original certificates are eligible for apostille and authentication.