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Specially Denatured Spirits

SDS is alcohol/ethanol or rum, to which denaturing materials have been added. Title 27 Code of Federal Regulations part 21 lists all SDS formulas authorized by TTB. Manufacturers may use SDS in the manufacture of products that are not intended for internal human use. Generally, SDS is used in cosmetic products but its use extends to pharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, and products where SDS is the solvent or reactant.

Process for Using SDS

  • Obtain an industrial alcohol user permit from the National Revenue Center to purchase SDS from a distilled spirits plant or dealer.
  • Determine if a formula is required by reviewing the regulations in 27 CFR part 20 and the SDS/CDA Tutorial. If so, complete and submit TTB Form 5150.19, Formula and/or Process for Article Made with Specially Denatured Spirits, or submit a formula electronically using Formulas Online. For help on how to register and submit formulas electronically, please refer to these nonbeverage products webinars.
  • Determine if a sample is required to be submitted by reviewing the SDS/CDA Tutorial. If so, submit a 2 fluid ounce sample of the finished liquid product.
  • If filing TTB Form 5150.19 and/or a sample, submit the form and/or sample to:
    Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
    Nonbeverage Products Laboratory
    6000 Ammendale Road
    Beltsville, MD 20705-1250
  • The formula must be approved prior to manufacture.
  • Direct any technical questions to Submit Inquiry




For more information about denatured alcohol contact the Scientific Services Division or see the Laboratories section of our Contact Us page for additional contact information. For more information about Industrial Alcohol see Other Contacts.

Last updated: January 17, 2021
Maintained by: Scientific Services Division