The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has prepared a Q&A-based tool that explains how U.S. export firms can obtain cosmetic export certificates for their products. Although many foreign governments and customers evidently require a certificate as part of the process to import a product into their country, FDA noted that (i) it does not require companies to obtain export certificates; (ii) it is not required by law to issue certificates for cosmetics (although it will continue to do so as resources permit); and (iii) it will not issue certificates for cosmetics manufactured outside the United States. The agency also stated that cosmetics exporters must follow all applicable U.S. laws and regulations and must know the cosmetics requirements of the countries to which they export. See FDA News Release, June 2013.