US LASER LAWS
All products containing lasers which are imported or
sold in the United States must be certified to comply with special U.S.
laser rules. These US requirements are different and more complex than
those required by the European IEC 60825-1 regulations. Many US laser
products must have additional special testing and certification that is not
required in other countries including Europe.
laser manufacturers must only make their products meet the IEC 60825-1
rules. Manufacturers and importers of products to the US must meet other
rules and regulations. Also, US manufacturers must report their products to
the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for a type of prior
These laser product reports are typically 35 to 60
pages in length and require specialized analysis and data. Additionally,
lasers may be classified differently in the US and the EU. Some types of
laser products require special pre-approved Licenses to build and import.
Manufacturers and importers of lasers must also file additional special
reports once a year.
In the US, lasers may be classified under one class
for manufacture yet under another class for use.
The division of the US FDA which is responsible for
lasers is the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). This US
government organization travels to laser manufacturing factories all over
the world to inspect the lasers where they are being built.
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