Compliance Resources for Launching a New Product or Launching to a New Region


Launching a new product or going into a new marketplace can feel very overwhelming

This post originally appeared as “Useful Links for Product Compliance, Certification, and Labeling in the US, CA, and EU” in June 2015.

Since then, Amazon has launched in Turkey and Australia, and grown product lines available in Mexico and Brazil.

If you’re a small seller or vendor, you may not be aware of the many regulations that your product may be subject to. Here are a few links to get you started. Any support you need in evaluating your products or determining next steps, use the Contact form.

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What products are typically regulated?

In general, any product that meets any one of the following criteria is likely to be regulated:

1) is intended for a person under 14 years of age;

2) emits a wireless frequency, either intentionally or unintentionally;

3) plugs into a wall;

4) is intended for use on the skin (i.e. cosmetics), or will have prolonged contact with skin over time (i.e. art supplies);

5) will be in contact with food or could be absorbed into food in the normal course of use;

6) contains a lithium battery;

7) contains poisonous, toxic, or corrosive chemicals;

8) depending on jurisdiction, in part or in whole of textile fabrics;

9) has stuffing or is upholstered in such a way that the stuffing isn’t immediately visible to the consumer.

Regulatory Agency Links for the US

Regulatory Agency Links for Canada

Regulatory Agency Links for the EU

Regulatory Agency Links for Mexico

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Regulatory Agency Links for Turkey

Regulatory Links for China

Regulatory Links for Japan

Do you need guidance on launching a new product or new region? Contact us for more information!

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About the Author
I got my first job at Amazon because of my German language skills from my Master’s in History. Take that, people who said I’d never get a good job with my liberal arts degree! I soon learned that I’m not good at taking orders and started my MBA coursework at Seattle University.

I worked at Amazon for 8 years, as a liaison for law enforcement in Fraud/Transaction Risk, a quality and compliance manager in Product Compliance for Amazon Brands and imports globally, and lastly, managing hardware for Website Availability. I love the flexibility that working for clients on Amazon rather than for Amazon affords me.

In my not significant free time, I do fiber crafts such as spinning, crocheting, and embroidery, and I have been in a community band since 2009, playing French Horn, Trombone, or Euphonium depending on the band’s needs that season.

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