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.



Questions? For more information about alcohol beverage formulas, contact us at 202-453-2250 or toll free at 866-927-ALFD (2533), or send us a message using our Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division (ALFD) Contact Form. See our customer service desk information page for more contact information.

If you're having technical issues with our online applications, visit our TTB Online Help Center.

Page last reviewed: September 18, 2018
Page last updated: September 20, 2018
Maintained by: Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division