Trade Certificates (ITC/CFS)
International Trade Certificate (ITC)
An International Trade Certificate (ITC) is a document designed to facilitate foreign market access for Canadian-made natural health products (NHPs), and an ITC might be requested as part of the export process to another country. Our firm is authorized to issue ITCs on behalf of Health Canada for products that are legally licensed for sale on the Canadian market.
The three types of ITCs we are authorized to issue, and a description of our evaluation process for each, is as follows:
- NHP with a product licence (NPN) and site licence: Our framework for issuing ITCs for NHPs with a product licence (NPN) and site licence includes verification of the product licence (NPN) and Health Canada’s approval of the manufacturing/packaging/labeling site.
- Homeopathic product with a product licence (DIN-HM) and site licence: Our framework for issuing ITCs for NHPs with a homeopathic product licence (DIN-HM) and site licence includes verification of the product licence (DIN-HM) and of Health Canada’s approval of the manufacturing/packaging/labeling site.
- NHP site licence only: Our framework for issuing an ITC for a manufacturing, packaging or labelling site includes verification of Health Canada’s approval of the manufacturing/packaging/labeling site.
As part of the ITC issuance process, we always notarize the certificate. We can also legalize and authenticate the certificate for your use in international markets where legalization and authentication are required: Legalization is the legitimization of the certificate by the Canadian embassy or consulate of the country where the product will be imported. Authentication involves a review and approval of the certificate by Global Affairs Canada.
Certificate of Free Sale (CFS)
Certificates of Free Sale (CFSs), a term sometimes used interchangeably with International Trade Certificates (ITCs), attest that a product being exported (a natural health product, OTC drug product, low-risk veterinary health product, or any other type of regulated consumer health product) is, to the best of our knowledge, available for sale in Canada and complies with the regulatory requirements set for its classification as a health, veterinary, or consumer product.
Unlike ITCs, a product for which a CFS is issued does not need to be manufactured in Canada so long as the product is available for sale in Canada and complies with its regulatory requirements. Furthermore, CFSs are only notarized, not legalized or authenticated.
Both ITCs and CFS are product- and country-specific, meaning that a single certificate covers only one product in one country. When determining whether an ITC or a CFS is required for your product, your importer in the destination country is best suited to inform you whether a notarized certificate (CFS) or a notarized/legalized/authenticated certificate (ITC) will be required, and what verbiage is preferred/accepted by the regulatory body in the destination market.