Electronic Product Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Electronic products manufactured or imported to the United States are subject to product regulations, safety standards, labeling, documentation, and testing requirements. Failing to ensure compliance with the applicable requirements can result in fines or a recall.

This guide serves as an introduction to US compliance requirements applicable to consumer electronics, such as IoT products, wearables, kitchen appliances, white goods, and more.

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Electronic Product Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Electronic and electrical products imported and manufactured in the European Union are subject to safety standards, labeling, documentation, and testing requirements. In this guide, we explain what you must know about the RoHS Directive, Low Voltage Directive, CE marking, technical documentation, and more.

This article also covers some of the compliance risks that EU importers and producers should be aware of when it comes to electronics.
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Electronic Product Regulations in the United Kingdom: An Overview

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Planning to import, manufacture or sell electronics in the UK post Brexit? This guide covers electronic product regulations in the United Kingdom, excluding those that relate to Northern Ireland.

As a former member of the European Union, the UK has its own legislation that corresponds with EU legislation for specific products. For instance, the following UK legislations relate to the following EU legislative titles respectively:

a. Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016 – Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive

b. Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 – Low Voltage Directive

c. Radio Equipment Regulations 2017 – Radio Equipment Directive

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EU RoHS Directive Guide For Importers: An Overview

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The RoHS Directive restricts chemicals and heavy metals in electronic components, solder, and casing materials. Further, the RoHS Directive applies to essentially all electronic and electrical products imported or manufactured in the European Union.

The requirements of the directive go beyond that of substance restrictions. More specifically, it also covers CE marking and other labeling requirements, technical documentation, harmonised standards, and lab testing requirements.

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IEC Standards for Electronic and Electrical Products: A Complete Guide

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The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) develops global standards for electrical and electronic products. IEC standards are often included or referenced in other mandatory standards, for example, UL standards and EN standards.

In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about IEC standards, covered products, international recognition, and much more.

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Button and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU

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EU Button and Coin Battery Regulations

Button and coin batteries can be found in toys, remote controls, quartz watches, and various other products. Button and coin batteries are also potential safety hazards if swallowed. These batteries are therefore subject to safety standards and regulations in the European Union – which we cover in this guide. Continue reading Button and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU

Button and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the US

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Button Coin Battery Regulations United States

Button cell batteries can cause horrendous injuries if swallowed. In this guide, we list standards and regulations that apply to button cell batteries and products containing button cell batteries in the United States. Notice that standards, such as ASTM and UL standards, apply to both children’s products and non-children’s products.

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RoHS Requirements in the United States: An Overview

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Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) sets restrictions on certain heavy metals and chemicals in electronic components. While the RoHS Directive is originally an EU Directive, many US states have implemented similar RoHS restrictions.

In this guide, we cover RoHS requirements in California, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and other states.

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List of Products Covered by the WEEE Directive

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WEEE Products List

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) Directive applies to electrical and electronic equipment waste and waste collection. It also covers labeling requirements used to indicate separate waste collection.

In this guide, we list examples of products covered by the WEEE Directive. We made the selection based on the product categories listed in the relevant annexes of the directive itself. We also include examples of relevant EN standards.

That said, keep in mind that WEEE covers essentially all electrical and electronic products – not only those listed in this guide.

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FCC Electronic Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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Electronics Product Lab Testing

Third-party lab testing is required in order to verify compliance with one or more FCC rules. In this guide, we explain what ‘FCC lab testing’ actually means, and to which products the testing procedures apply. Further, we also cover costs, managing testing failure, and more. Continue reading FCC Electronic Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide