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

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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

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About the Author
Rachel Johnson Greer is a global business strategist who specializes in helping entrepreneurs increase their internet product sales, curate their brand image online and avoid catastrophic legal threats. After getting her MBA in international business at Seattle University, she spent nearly a decade at Amazon working in product development. Since then, Rachel has founded companies that reached both multi-six figure and multi-seven figure growth in under three years.

As a business coach, she supports clients in everything from international product expansion to 4x-ing their sales through online retailers. Rachel is frequently sought out by the media and has appeared on the Today Show, CNBC, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. When she’s not working with clients, she’s scaring friends at parties with stories about the most problematic online products she’s found in their homes. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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