Certificate of analysis
A document attesting that specific goods have undergone specified testing with specified results. In international trade, is usually the result of an agreement between the seller and the buyer, or a requirement of one of their governments. The certificate of analysis is mostly used for food products, wines and spirits, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Sometimes, as in the case exports of wine, there are countries that require it at the import customs. This certificate can be issued by a certification authority (appointed by the exporter or importer) or at the exporter’s own laboratories, when a relationship of trust has already been established between the parties. The analysis can be performed in the factory or warehouse of the exporter, or on the place where the product is loaded for international transportation. Usually the analysis is done on samples representing a certain percentage of the total of the goods sold. When used as a required document under a letter of credit terms and conditions, the details and identity of the party providing the analysis should be mentioned. If this is not done, banks will accept any documents appearing on its face to b a certificate of analysis issued by any party other than the beneficiary. Model of Certificate of Analysis.