• Amazon Electronics Requirements For Sellers: An Overview

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    Amazon Electronics Requirements

    Electronics sellers on Amazon must ensure compliance with a range of product regulations and safety standards. In this guide, we cover the basics of Amazon requirements concerning electronics safety standards, labeling, testing, and packaging.

    Note: This guide only covers product regulations, standards and other requirements for selling on Amazon in the United States. However, the same principles apply when selling products on Amazon in the European Union, Australia, Japan, and elsewhere. Further, Amazon can change their own terms and requirements at will. This article serves as an introduction, but not a replacement for the up to date seller requirements on the Amazon Seller Central.

    Radio Frequency (RF) Devices

    Amazon set up a series of requirements for sellers to comply when selling radio frequency (RF) devices on its platform. Amazon’s policies for selling RF devices mainly refer to FCC (Federal Communication Commission) Part 15.

    Sellers are generally allowed to sell radiofrequency devices on Amazon as long as they are authorized for sale and certified according to the FCC Standards.

    If you are planning to sell any the following products on Amazon, be sure they have undergone proper FCC-authorized procedure beforehand:

    • Wi-Fi devices
    • Bluetooth devices
    • RFID devices
    • Cellphones
    • Tablets
    • Walkie talkies
    • Broadcast transmitters
    • Signal boosters

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    Kitchen Appliances

    If you are a kitchen appliances seller on Amazon, you are required to adhere to all applicable federal or and state regulations on the products, such as regulations concerning the design and specification of electric products, and directives on food contact materials products.

    Currently, Amazon has not set up a uniform standard for kitchen appliances. We suggest kitchen appliances sellers consider these following general regulations and standards, if applicable to their products:

    • 21 CFR (FDA)
    • California Proposition 65
    • Minnesota Statute 115A.9651
    • Massachusetts 105 CMR 460.200 Lead Poisoning and Control

    Also, there are standards and regulations that specifically apply to electrical appliances, such as:

    • 10 CFR 430: Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products
    • 21 CFR 1010: Performance Standards for Electronic Products: General
    • ASTM F1217: Standard Specification for Cooker, Steam
    • UL 197: Commercial Electric Cooking Appliances

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    Lighting Products

    At the moment, Amazon set out policies for string lights, including led string lighting, requiring all seasonal, holiday, and other decorative string lights must comply with UL588 Standard for Seasonal and Holiday Decorative Products Standard.

    Besides that, light sellers on Amazon US might need to follow FCC (Federal Communications Commission) requirements for LED light and need to provide a copy of Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity, demonstrating the compliance of the LED lights, or any other relevant documentation required by FCC, to Amazon.

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    Chargers/AC Adapters

    Amazon mandates that chargers on the Amazon website must meet specified certification standards. Charger sellers must provide the following information to Amazon before listing their products:

    • Company name
    • Seller/Vendor ID
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • A list of ASINs for the products
    • Product Images demonstrating safety information, compliance markings, and product information
    • Product manuals
    • Test reports

    Amazon requires products to comply with the following standards for mobile phone wall chargers:

    • UL 1310: Standard for Class 2 Power Units
    • UL 60950-1: Information Technology Equipment-Safety
    • UL 62368-1: Hazard Based Safety

    And mobile phone car chargers:

    • UL 2089: Standard for Vehicle Battery Adapters
    • UL CSA 60950-1: Information Technology Equipment – Safety
    • UL 62368-1: Hazard Based Safety

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    Other Information

    Lab Testing

    For each type of electrical or electronic products sold on Amazon, sellers should look into the applicable regulations to each of their own kind and decide what kind of lab tests should be done to their products.

    In most cases, Amazon requires sellers to submit eligible lab test reports and certificates of the electronic products. For this reason, we advise importers to contact a reputable lab testing company such as UL, Intertek, Bureau Veritas, or others, and ask a quotation for lab testing.

    Certification/Documentation

    Amazon requires all electronic devices listing on its platform to comply with applicable federal and state regulations and standards. We have listed some relevant standards and regulations for the products we covered in the previous sections.

    Generally speaking, it’s likely that electronic devices sellers on Amazon are required to adhere to one or more of the following standards/regulations:

    • FCC Part 15
    • UL Standards
    • ETL Standards
    • CPSC Regulations
    • Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)

    Note that Amazon’s compliance team may contact you to request relevant product certificates/declarations, test reports, invoices, and product photos.

    Product Packaging

    FBA sellers must refer to the packaging instructions provided by Amazon before shipping the items to the FBA warehouse. Amazon has the right to refuse and return the non-compliant products at the sellers’ expenses.

    Amazon provides packaging instructions for products that have the following natures:

    • Loose products
    • Sold as a set
    • Boxed units
    • Poly-bagged units
    • Case-packed products

    Please note that at the moment Amazon doesn’t provide any specific requirements for the packaging of electronics products, excluding batteries.

    For detailed instructions on general packaging requirements, you can visit Amazon Seller Central

    Restricted Products

    Amazon regularly updates the list of electronic products that are banned or need acquiring prior approval before listing on the platform, the following are some examples from the list:

    • Unqualified RFID products
    • Products with incorrect serial number
    • Laser pointers
    • Children’s toys with lasers
    • Holiday light that is not compliant with 16 CFR 1120.3(c)
    • Any extension cord product that is not compliant with 16 CFR 1120.3(d)
    • Certain streaming media players, voice assistant devices, and related accessories

    You can learn more about restricted products on this page.

    Additional Resources

    1. Electronic Product Regulations in the United States: An Overview

    2. List of FCC Lab Testing Companies

    3. LED Lighting Safety Standards in the United States: An Overview

    4. Kitchen Appliance Regulations in the United States

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    Disclaimer: The content on this website is provided for general information only. The content includes summaries written by our team members based on publicly available information about product safety standards, labeling, documentation, testing, processes, and other product compliance related topics. However, we don’t guarantee that we cover every single relevant regulation/standard/requirement, or that the information is free from errors, or covering every single scenario and exemption. We do make mistakes from time to time. We never provide legal advice of any sort.

    Changes/Updates: Product standards and substance restrictions are subject to frequent updates and changes. In addition, new regulations, standards, and/or requirements may also become effective at any time. We don’t update our articles whenever new standards/regulations/rules are added or changed. We recommend that you consult a lab testing company or other professional to get the latest information about mandatory standards/regulations in your market, country, or state. Lab testing companies generally stay up to date on new and updated standards and regulations.

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