Office of Headquarters Operations

Scientific Services Division

Director, Scientific Services Division

Abdul Mabud, Ph.D.


The Scientific Services Division (SSD), directed by Dr. Abdul Mabud, provides comprehensive technical support to TTB’s strategic goals of revenue collection and consumer protection. SSD produces authoritative scientific data, maintains state-of-the-art laboratories and a well-trained work-force, and continues in the development of new capabilities.

SSD is comprised of four laboratories: the Beverage Alcohol Laboratory, the Nonbeverage Alcohol Laboratory, the Compliance Laboratory, and the Tobacco Laboratory.

We are committed to excellence in the quality of data that our laboratories generate.  SSD has a robust Quality Program headed by a Quality and Safety Manager and we work diligently to maintain ISO 17025 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation for each of our laboratories.

What We Do

Beverage Alcohol Laboratory

  • Performs pre-import sample analysis.
  • Performs sample analysis for tax credits under 26 U.S.C. 5010.
  • Performs analysis and provide advice on issues of trade and trade barriers.
  • Performs sample analysis for the Bureau-wide beverage alcohol monitoring and compliance program.
  • Performs analysis on consumer complaint samples.
  • Certifies chemists/enologists and laboratories for wine and spirits export.
  • Performs sample analysis for harmful contaminants, adulterants, and limited and prohibited ingredients.

Nonbeverage Products Laboratory

  • Evaluate nonbeverage drawback formulas
  • Evaluate specially denatured alcohol formulas.
  • Perform analysis on samples related to nonbeverage drawback and specially denatured alcohol formulas.
  • Perform analysis on products intended for import to determine proper tax classification.
  • Process flavor verifications for flavors intended for use in alcoholic beverages.
  • Perform sample analysis for the Bureau-wide beverage alcohol monitoring and compliance program.

Compliance Laboratory

  • Perform analyses on post-market beverage samples for compliance monitoring.
  • Perform sample analyses for the Bureau-wide beverage alcohol monitoring and compliance program.
  • Perform sample analyses for sulfur dioxide waiver requests for wines.
  • Perform analyses to support monitoring of accuracy of alcohol labeling.
  • Perform special tests and evaluate new wine-making processes.

Tobacco Laboratory

  • Support tax classification for any tobacco product submitted by internal and external customers
  • Provide technical support to TTB rulemaking
  • Support investigations of tobacco industry by TTB auditors and investigators
  • Support Intelligence Division programs
  • Provide technical support to State tax authorities on tobacco products
  • Provide technical support to other Federal agencies on tobacco-related issues
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with the laboratory staff of domestic and international tobacco regulatory agencies for the purpose of sharing and enhancing technical expertise on tobacco
  • Develop analytical methodologies to expand technical capabilities and expertise on tobacco products and acquire modern analytical instruments to maintain a state-of-the-art laboratory

SSD Resources

Description: CONTACT US
For more information about SSD by email at

Please direct correspondence to:

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Director, Scientific Services Division
6000 Ammendale Road
Beltsville, Maryland 20705-1250

Description: Note
See the Laboratories section of our Contact Us page for additional TTB contact information.


Page last reviewed: June 23, 2015
Page last updated: April 28, 2016
Maintained by: Scientific Services Division

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