Launching a new product on Amazon or going into a new marketplace can feel very overwhelming. If you’re a small seller or vendor, you may not be aware of the many regulations that your product may be subject to.
What Products are Typically Regulated?
In general, any product that meets any one of the following criteria is likely to be regulated:
- Is intended for a person under 14 years of age.
- Emits a wireless frequency, either intentionally or unintentionally.
- Plugs into a wall.
- Is intended for use on the skin (i.e. cosmetics), or will have prolonged contact with skin over time (i.e. art supplies).
- Will be in contact with food or could be absorbed into food in the normal course of use.
- Contains a lithium battery.
- Contains poisonous, toxic, or corrosive chemicals.
- Depending on the jurisdiction, in part or in whole of textile fabrics.
- Has stuffing or is upholstered in such a way that the stuffing isn’t immediately visible to the consumer.
Regulatory Agency Links for the US
- Federal Hazardous Substances Act
- Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
- Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Cosmetics Regulations
- Illinois Children’s Product Safety Act
- Maine Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products Act
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Regulations
Regulatory Agency Links for Canada
- Canada Consumer Product Safety Act
- Hazardous Products Act
- Cosmetics Regulations
- Stuffed and Upholstered Articles (Ontario)
- Radiocommunications Regulations
Regulatory Agency Links for the EU
- EU Toy Safety Directive
- EU REACH
- EU Cosmetic Standards
- EU Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Standards for all electrical/electronic products
- EU Low Voltage Directive
- EU Ecodesign and Energy Labeling
Regulatory Links for Mexico
Regulatory Links for Turkey
Regulatory Links for China
Regulatory Links for Japan
Source: Think Cascadia