The Certificate of Free Sale is a document that confirms products such as plants, pharmaceuticals and medical devices can be sold in other exporting countries’ open markets. It is issued by the UK Government to exporters however it is not an official endorsement of the products named in the certificate.
It is a document required by many countries before products can be exported into that market.
A Certificate of Free Sale is used as an attestation to prove that plant protection products comply with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and is allowed to be sold in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
These products can be exported to countries that do not have their regulations. There is also no charging fee for this service led by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
The certificate enables information to be included on manufacturing, exporter and distributor sites. However, this information is not required and can be requested from the exporter.
The information is usually situated underneath the ‘The following information has been supplied by the applicant and has not been verified by the Health and Safety Executive’ section on a product.
A Certificate of Free Sale will state a certificate number, an order date, and an expiry date. It will state who manufactures the products and may include a schedule of the products that may be freely sold.
Certificates of Free Sale are currently only issued in electronic format by the MHRA.