United States Laser Regulations Overview

United States Laser Regulations Overview

Any manufacture of all lasers and/or laser systems in the United States is regulated by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), FDA, which in turns directs that the manufacturer must meet certain CDRH product performance safety standards. In turn each manufacture must certify that all laser products manufactured or imported into United States comply with these CDRH standards. In addition, products must be registered (called “accession”) with CDRH. As verification, every laser manufactured in or imported into the United States must contain a warning label indicating compliance with the CDRH standards and denoting the laser hazard class.


The enforcing agency for CDRH is the United States Department of Labor’s, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of workers by setting and enforcing standards. OSHA’s authority for enforcement is taken from Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, which requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to "comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act".

United States Standards and Compliance

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