Amazon's policies require that certain laser products sold through the Amazon website meet specified certification standards. In order to sell these products on Amazon, you must apply by sending the following information to the email address listed in the table below:
|Product||Certification requirement||Email documentation to:|
|Laser pointers, 303s and handheld laser pet toys||No longer accepting applications|
|Laser presentation remotes||21 CFR 1040.10, or IEC firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Non-handheld laser pet toys|
|Children's toys with lasers|
|Laser light shows and stage lighting|
|Garden laser projectors|
|Infrared illumination lasers for surveillance and security equipment|
Laser products incorporate a laser in the design. Laser products in hazard classes IIIB and IV are not authorized for sale by the FDA in the United Sates without a variance, which Amazon does not currently support. Amazon has developed safety policies for the following products:
Laser pointers are generally not allowed on Amazon. A pen-shaped pointing device (usually powered by a battery) that contains a small diode laser that emits an intense beam of light. Handheld laser pet toys and 303s are variations of laser pointers. There are four classes of visible-beam lasers: Class 2, Class 3R, Class 3B, and Class 4.
A remote control device primarily used to control visual aids, such as a slide deck, in a group presentation. A low-powered laser pointer has been incorporated as an ancillary feature to direct attention during a presentation.
A laser pet toy is a popular application of a laser pointer. Non-handheld laser pet toys are free-standing devices and can have a pet-themed shape. They should not have a pen shape. The laser beam provides stimulation to pets.
Applications of lasers in children's toys can vary widely. Common uses of lasers in children's toys are toy guns with laser range finders, spinning tops with spinning lights, laser light sabers, and toys which use lasers to create optical effects in a room. The FDA recommends that children's toys that incorporate lasers have a safety limit of hazard class I (1 mW output). Amazon does not allow children's toys that incorporate lasers if they exceed hazard class I.
Laser lighting displays (or laser light shows) involve the use of laser lights to entertain an audience. These laser beams are often projected and are generally incorporated into entertainment performances. The lasers used in these shows are regulated by the FDA and are often high-powered beams of light. The lasers used in these products can cause damage to eyes and skin if exposure to the beam occurs.
These systems are weatherproof and come in a special outdoor housing. Often used for seasonal lighting effects, garden laser projectors and outdoor laser lighting have diffraction gratings to split a laser beam into numerous dots of light onto the projected surface which may move and change colors.
Infrared (IR) lasers are capable of emitting intense light for long distances. These are often used for long-range distance illumination for night-vision cameras, security systems, and project light beams with a wavelength of 810 nm.