Amazon Product Lab Testing Requirements: An Essential Guide

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Third-party lab testing is mandatory for a growing number of products sold on Amazon.com. In this guide, we explain what Amazon sellers must know about lab testing and test report submissions.


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Is product lab testing required for all products sold on Amazon?

Amazon requires that products sold on its platform are compliant with the relevant safety standards, substance restrictions, labeling, and certification requirements. If you’re selling on Amazon.com in the United States, then your products must comply with US product regulations. Likewise, products sold on Amazon in Europe must comply with EU product directives and safety standards.

As such, it depends on whether lab testing is required in the country or state in which you intend to sell your product.

That said, keep in mind that all unsafe products are subject to recalls. Third-party lab testing is the only reliable way to assess if a product is safe and compliant – even if third-party lab testing is not compulsory.

It’s also important to mention that pressure is mounting on Amazon to take responsibility for the safety of products sold on its platform. It may not be long before third-party safety testing is mandatory for all products sold on Amazon.com.

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For which products is lab testing required on Amazon?

Whether product testing is mandatory or not depends on the applicable regulations. For example, all children’s products sold in the USA must comply with the CPSIA – which in turn requires test reports issued by a CPSC-accepted testing lab.

Here are some products for which lab testing is usually required:

  • Toys
  • Children’s products
  • Children’s furniture
  • Medical devices
  • Cosmetics
  • Power banks

There are also cases in which Amazon sets the bar higher than the legal requirements. A few years ago, Amazon.com forced all hoverboard sellers to provide valid UL 1642 and UL 60950-1 test reports.

What’s interesting here is that UL standards are voluntary. Still, the way Amazon dealt with hoverboard sellers demonstrates the fact that they do have the power to require compliance safety standards that exceed those imposed by the government.

This requires that sellers understand both product regulations and any additional standards required by Amazon.

What kind of test reports does Amazon request?

The type of test report that Amazon may request largely depends on the market, product type, and age group. In theory, Amazon can request any test report that is required for a certain product in that country or market.

That said, the majority of test report requests we have dealt with fall within the following categories:

ASTM F963-17 test reports

ASTM F963-17 compliance is required when selling children’s products in the United States. As such, Amazon requests ASTM F963-17 test reports when verifying CPSIA compliance.

REACH test reports

REACH restricts chemicals and heavy metals in all consumer products sold in either the EU or the UK. We have seen Amazon requesting REACH test reports for a wide range of products, including jewelry and accessories.

CE test reports

CE marking is mandatory when selling toys, electronics, PPE, medical devices, and many other products in the EU. However, using the CE mark also requires that the product is technically compliant with the applicable harmonised standards – which in turn requires lab testing.

Amazon often requests test reports as part of the compliance check if you sell products that require CE marking.

UL test reports

Compliance with UL standards is generally voluntary in the US but recommended by the CPSC for some products. Further, Amazon also requires UL compliance when selling certain types of products.

How do I know which tests I need for my product?

Amazon product safety guides can be found in Amazon Seller Central. Here are some product categories they cover:

  • Drawstrings in children’s clothing
  • Children’s Jewelry
  • Children’s Products
  • Selling Toys in the US
  • Power banks
  • String lights

Amazon normally lists mandatory standards for which a corresponding test report must be provided.

Example: Power Banks (Link)

  • UL 2056
  • or UL 2054 and UL 60950-1
  • or UL 62133 and UL 60950-1

Example: Children’s Jewelry (Link)

  • ASTM F2923-14
  • CSPA Phthalates and cadmium

You can also request an assessment of applicable safety standards and testing requirements from a third-party testing company.

Which lab testing companies are accepted by Amazon?

This also depends on the specific product. For example, children’s product test reports must be issued by a CPSC-accepted testing company. This is not an Amazon-specific requirement, but mandatory for all children’s products sold in the United States.

For certain product categories, such as power banks, Amazon requires that the testing company is accredited (e.g. ILAC ISO 17025).

Generally speaking, test reports issued by well-known testing companies such as QIMA, Bureau Veritas, Intertek, Eurofins, and SGS are accepted. You can also search for testing companies on the Amazon Service Provider Network.

How do I submit a test report to Amazon?

Amazon will normally contact sellers when they require test reports, which can be submitted via email. Amazon may require test reports after you list a new product, or at a later date. Failing to provide a test report may result in the product being removed.

How much time do I have to submit a test report?

Amazon normally requires that you submit the test report within 30 days.

At what stage should Amazon sellers arrange lab testing?

You should absolutely not wait to book lab testing until Amazon requests a test report. It often takes more than 30 days to arrange lab testing. Further, if you find that the products fail lab testing at this stage you will likely need to scrap all the products that are affected.

It’s essential that your products are tested and verified as compliant before your supplier ships anything to Amazon or your own warehouse.

Why does Amazon request test reports that are not relevant to my product?

We have seen Amazon decide that certain product categories must suddenly be compliant with certain regulations or standards.

For example, this happened in 2015 when Amazon removed all hoverboards that were not compliant with certain UL standards. In 2023, we received several reports from Amazon sellers of backpacks that faced CPSIA test report requests – despite the sellers considering the backpacks to not be children’s products.

Making certain claims about the ability of a product to, for example, offer treatments can also trigger test report requests.

Can I challenge a test report request from Amazon?

You can try, but it is unlikely to be successful. Challenging a test report request is not like challenging a parking ticket.

Either your product is safe and compliant, or it’s not. If it is safe and compliant, then you must have a test report to prove this. If you don’t, then you simply have no evidence that your product is safe and compliant.

Amazon has the right to verify product compliance, and their compliance team will not back down.

Can I provide a test report from my supplier?

Some sellers attempt to use existing test reports held by the supplier. This is rarely a workable option for the following reasons:

1. The test report must be valid for the same product/SKU (not a ‘similar’ or an entirely different product)

2. For some products, the test report must be valid for the same production run. As such, you cannot use ‘old’ test reports.

3. Test reports held in the supplier’s name can sometimes not be linked to the product you’re selling. This is often the case when you buy the product from a trading company, which in turn provides a test report held by the original manufacturer. Further, some regulations explicitly require that the test report is held by the importer.

In short, there are few scenarios in which you can use a test report held by a supplier, or other company.

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  • 21 Responses to “Amazon Product Lab Testing Requirements: An Essential Guide

    1. JACK LUCAS at 11:34 pm

      Hello ,

      We have some confusion regarding Amazon’s compliance requirements.
      Since we are wholesalers and not selling our own brand, my concern is
      whether we should ask the brand itself to pay for the lab testing and
      compliance certification fee. Alternatively, do individual sellers
      have to pay their separate fees for compliance certificates?

      For instance, if there are three resellers selling the same ASIN, and
      Amazon is requesting compliance/lab testing certificates, do all three
      sellers need to test their products separately? If one seller applies
      for lab testing and it gets approved, will the compliance requirements
      for the other two sellers be automatically fulfilled?

      Thank you for your clarification on this matter.

      Best regards,
      JACK L

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 7:18 pm

        Hello Jack,

        That depends. Where is the brand located?

        If you buy from a domestic brand – then I think it’s reasonable that the brand can provide test reports. However, if you buy from overseas then it’s a very different situation.

    2. Danish Liaqat at 2:29 am

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Greetings from Danish Mart LLC. I am contacting you regarding the Compliance Documents Requirements. I bought a Skin Care Product from a Korean brand supplier and they provided me with the documents but unfortunately, Amazon did not approve those documents they kept asking me about the test report, etc.

      Please help with the Compliance Documents In the USA at a cheap price.

      Best Regards.
      Danish.

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 3:22 pm

        Hi Danish,

        You need to contact a lab that provide cosmetics testing. Bureau Veritas or SGS should be able to help.

        That said, it will not be cheap so either you need to get the product properly tested or not sell it.

        1. Christy LaMorte at 3:48 am

          Hi Fredrik,

          I know of a reputable source for product testing aside from Bureau Veritas and SGS. They are located in the southeast USA. Whom may I contact to discuss this? Thanks!

    3. Mark at 3:37 pm

      Hi,

      Where can I find the Amazon nominated testing laboratory?
      As per the article mentioned Amazon can accept the SGS test report, but I cannot find the source.
      Thank.

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 2:43 pm

        Hi Mark,

        I have personally never seen a list of pre-approved Amazon labs. However, they do mention that they only accept test reports from ISO 17025 accredited lab testing companies.

    4. Onur at 1:09 am

      my product already have UL listed and ul certified with new standard. why i need to share test reports?

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 8:11 pm

        Then how will Amazon know that your products are compliant without a test report?

    5. R B at 11:40 pm

      I am a manufacturer in UK and have supplied my product to the UK customer who will be selling them on Amazon US.
      I have two products which are produced from mostly the same components.
      I have put them both on the same SGS test report as I would otherwise be testing the same component twice.
      The customer is saying they ‘think’ Amazon US will reject it as they need to be on their own individual test reports.
      I don’t believe this to be the case but do you know or could you point me to something that can confirm/deny?

    6. janice at 3:43 pm

      Is this the most updated requirement for toys? ASTM F2923-14 because they asked us ASTM F-963 17

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 10:57 am

        Hi Janice,

        These are two different standards. It is certainly possible that ASTM F-963 17 applies to your product.

    7. John at 9:43 pm

      We recently got a mail from Amazon saying they are going suppress our 2 APC UPS products from existing listings until we provide independent lab testing results for these products.
      APC are a well known brand. We not do not make this product, own the brand, or import them. We simply drop ship the product from our well known national supplier.
      On these listings there are at least 40 other sellers on each. And both products are labeled Amazon Choice.

      Are they really expecting us to send off one these products to get tested? Did they do the same to the other 40+ sellers? If so why do they need us to repeat the same process?
      The whole thing makes no sense.

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 10:58 am

        Hi John,

        Did you contact your supplier and ask if they can provide test reports?

    8. Simon at 11:31 pm

      Hi,
      I’m selling baby product toyson amazon usa in 6 colors variation
      Shall i do test report for all colors separatly or one test report color will represent that other colors?
      Thanks.

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 10:06 am

        Hi Simon,

        Yes, they will likely require that.

        1. George at 8:08 pm

          Hi Fredrik,
          I want to sell some beauty serums in Amazon, I have created my listing but Amazon has requested me test reports from an ISO accredited laboratory.
          Can you help me with that?

    9. daniel at 3:17 pm

      Hi
      I wat to sell a pendant lightning on Amazon US. Can you tell me what kind of certification is needed for this product?

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 1:17 pm

        Hi Daniel,

        I think Amazon requires UL compliance for most electronic products now. We also have guides covering lighting products.

    10. Josh Yianni at 2:58 pm

      Hi,

      I am looking to sell, stainless steel bottles on amazon. I have requested lab reports from the supplier, he has sent me one from to 2017 with SGS. I have contacted SGS and they have confirmed that the report is genuine. The report shows the a full test and photos of the product I am selling. Will this be okay to use?

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 7:13 pm

        Hi Josh,

        Impossible to say… Amazon may think it’s outdated or rejects it because your company information is not included in the report.

        Another risk is that the test was done according to an outdated protocol.

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