Laboratory - Scientific Services Division

Laboratory Certification Program Information

TTB offers a Laboratory Certification Program for the export of wines and spirits to foreign markets. The European Economic Community and many countries accept a report of analysis from a TTB-Certified Laboratory accompanying the export shipment as a condition of entry. This certification is free-of-charge and is open to graduate chemists and/or enologists engaged in the analyses of wines and/or spirits for export (Revenue Procedure 69-22; ATF Procedure 86-2; Industry Circular 92-3). Initial certification is for a period of two years and re-certification is required at the expiration of the two-year period. Twice a year, TTB provides a list of certified Laboratories to the foreign governments.

TTB now also accepts a laboratory report from a TTB-Certified Laboratory (in lieu of sample submission to the TTB Laboratory) for total sulfur dioxide analysis for label approval of wines whose label do not bear a sulfite declaration (Compliance Matters 94-2).

A chemist or enologist interested in applying for certification for wine should complete the analyses listed in ATF Procedure 86-2 on one red wine and one white wine. They should then send their transcripts, resume, the results of their analyses, and one 750 mL bottle of each sample to the National Laboratory Center, Beverage Alcohol Laboratory, 6000 Ammendale Road, Beltsville, MD 20705.

A chemist or enologist interested in applying for certification for distilled spirits should complete the analyses listed in Revenue Procedure 69-22 on one straight product and one blended product. They should then send their transcripts, resume, the results of their analyses, and one 750 mL bottle of each sample to the National Laboratory Center, Beverage Alcohol Laboratory, 6000 Ammendale Road, Beltsville, MD 20705.

TTB has two certification periods a year, in June and December. To be considered for the June period the application must be received by April 30. To be considered for the December period the application must be received by October 31.

Questions about certification can be addressed to the Chemist Certification Coordinator at Laboratory@ttb.gov.

 

 

Page last reviewed/updated: 12/17/2014

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