The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule that would amend the performance standard for laser products. According to the agency, the current performance standard for laser products—last updated in 1985—is based on an “outdated understanding of photobiological science and no longer reflects the current state of a technologically-evolving industry.” The proposed rule aims to align with the International Electrotechnical Commission standards for laser products and medical laser products “to reduce the economic burden on affected manufacturers, to improve the effectiveness of FDA’s regulation of laser products, and to better protect and promote the public health.” FDA will accept comments on the proposed rule until September 23, 2013. See Federal Register, June 24, 2013.