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To Apostille or Not To Apostille—That REALLY is the question!

In our industry, some terms are used as if they are interchangeable. For example, “apostille” vs. “authentication.” However, when it comes to document apostille and/or legalization, using the proper term not only ensures clarity, it ensures that your documents will not be rejected by the Embassy before…

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The RAPS Convergence Convention Wrap Up

WCS was honored to host a booth at the annual Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) Regulatory Convergence from September 9-12 in National Harbor, MD. It is always stimulating to be amongst your peers in an environment that encourages education, professionalism, and camaraderie. For WCS, it was a rare opportunity…

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Why Regulatory Affairs Is Like Herding Cats!

According to Wikipedia Regulatory Affairs (“RA”) professionals are responsible for “ensuring that their companies comply with all the regulations and laws pertaining to their business.” Considering the stakes involved, there are few functions more important. After all, if you don’t get the regulatory environment right, not only will…

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Watch Out for Fake Stamps!

Recently we received a call from a major corporate customer asking about our document legalization services for United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was comparing our prices and processes with his current service provider. As we went into the details, he explained that our National U.S. Arab Chamber…

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How Efficient Document Processing Can Make Money For Your Company

Having just returned from the Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association meeting in Washington, DC, I must relate a conversation I had with an Executive from a major medical device manufacturing company. After explaining that I worked for WCS, the premier document authentication and legalization company in the industry,…

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WCS Welcomes Dave Watt as Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel

WCS Welcomes Dave Watt as Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel Washington Consular Services, Inc. (WCS) is pleased to announce that David Watt has joined WCS as the Vice President of Business Development/General Counsel. Mr. Watt is an attorney and business professional with over 30…

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Bolivia Document Legalization Procedure Update

Bolivia Document Legalization Procedure Update The Embassy of Bolivia has just announced a change in procedure for document legalization. All non-government-issued documents, or “General Documents,” must be notarized and certified locally by the Secretary of State of their issue. This procedure is the same for government-issued documents.…

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6 Tips for Apostille or Document Legalization

6 Tips for Apostille or Document Legalization When marketing and selling medical devices, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics or foods outside the U.S., your company will be required to have certain regulatory, quality or supporting technical documents authenticated either by apostille or by consular legalization through the embassy of…

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WCS Takeaways from RAPS 2015 Regulatory Convergence in Baltimore

WCS Takeaways from RAPS 2015 Regulatory Convergence in Baltimore

WCS Takeaways from RAPS 2015 Regulatory Convergence in Baltimore This year, I had the good fortune of attending the annual Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) Regulatory Convergence in Baltimore, MD. Being my first Regulatory Convergence, I was excited and unsure of what to expect. As I walked…

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Crossing the T’s and Dotting the I’s-Preventing Document Legalization Rejection at the Embassy

Crossing the T’s and Dotting the I’s-Preventing Document Legalization Rejection at the Embassy In its simplest form, document legalization is “the process of authenticating or certifying a legal document so a foreign country’s legal system will recognize it as with full legal effect,” at least, so says…

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