TTB Public Guidance

TTB G: 2018-10
September 18, 2018

Formula Approval Basics for Domestic Producers and Importers of Alcohol Beverages

Once you have been approved by TTB to start business, the next step is to determine whether your products require formula approval. Domestic producers or importers of wine, distilled spirits, or malt beverages/beer may be required to submit formula applications or product samples for laboratory analysis before applying for a certificate of label approval (COLA). Use our tool to determine which alcohol beverages require formula approval. If formula approval is not required, you may go straight to the label approval process.