The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the Department of Commerce has issued a revised edition of A Guide to United States Electrical and Electronic Equipment Compliance Requirements. The Guide addresses electrical and electronic consumer products including those that will come into contact with food. In addition, it includes electrical and electronic products used in the workplace as well as electrical and electronic medical devices. The scope does not include vehicles or components of vehicles, electric or electronic toys, or recycling requirements. It includes mandatory regulations from the federal agencies shown below as well as standards and guidelines, with hypertext links to the source and to helpful publications prepared by the agencies. It also includes references to proposed federal regulations that were published in the Federal Register and are pending. With respect to state regulations, it includes a reference table of mandatory state requirements and information on state requirements for appliance energy efficiency, button cell batteries, Bisphenol A in food contact products, chemicals of concern, restriction of hazardous substances (ROHS), electronic waste, flame retardants, mercury in electronic products, electrical code, packaging and labeling, and similar requirements. Additional information is provided for certain California, Illinois, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington programs.

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Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Children’s products, hazardous substances, labeling of hazardous products, consumer product safety
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Country of origin for most imported products
Department of Energy (DOE) Energy efficiency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxic substances, Energy Star
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Radio frequency and digital devices
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food contact substances, medical products and devices
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Labeling, EnergyGuide standards, environmental claims
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Occupational safety, nationally recognized testing program