Environmental Health

Export Documents

The Export Documents Project assists those who sell domestically produced food, drug, cosmetic, and medical device products internationally. Through label review and routine inspections, we evaluate firms and their products for compliance to applicable State and Federal laws. 

Certificates of Free Sale are required by many foreign countries. The certificates certify that a company is in substantial compliance with the State and Federal standards and are equivalent to products marketed domestically in the United States.

The New Jersey Department of Health has been processing Certificates of Free Sale for approximately three decades in order to meet the requests of exporters of food, cosmetics, and drugs. The number of applications for Certificates of Free Sale requests has dramatically increased. In the last four years, approximately 3,000 requests have been processed annually with most applications containing numerous products.


  • We do NOT offer expedited processing of applications.

  • When requesting documents to be forwarded directly to Treasury for Apostilles and Notary Certifications, you must provide a cover letter and 2 pre-addressed Fed Ex or UPS envelopes/airbills.

  • Provide sufficient copies of your requests for certificates of freesale.

  • Typical processing time for certificate requests is 10 working/business days from the date of NJDOH receipt.

  • Mail sent by United States Postal Service use the following address:

    NJ Department of Health
    Certificates of Free Sale
    P.O. Box 369
    Trenton, NJ 08625

  • Mail sent by UPS/FedEx/Courier use the following address:

    NJ Department of Health
    Certificates of Free Sale
    135 East State St
    Trenton, NJ 08608

  • In-person delivery is NOT accepted. Electronic submission is NOT accepted. All documents must be mailed.


Last Reviewed: 5/10/2022