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As of July 6, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has imposed an additional 25% in duty tariffs on laser products manufactured in China.
Some of the products that we make fall under this list and may impact our U.S. customers only.
Laserglow will make every effort to minimize the impact of this policy change and provide transparent shipping and duty costs upon request.

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FDA Laser Regulations In the United States

In the USA, lasers are regulated by the FDA. According to the Code of Federal Regulations (21CFR1040.10), lasers which are portable and battery-operated or those which are intended for alignment applications are defined as "surveying, levelling, or alignment lasers(s)" (SLA lasers), regardless of their intended purpose, and these are restricted to FDA Class IIIa/IEC Class 3R or lower. The purpose of this restriction is public safety, because lasers above this Class may cause harm from momentary accidental exposure. Unfortunately, there is no license, certification, or qualification which would exempt any individual or company from this restriction.

If you live in the USA and require a portable laser or alignment laser, there are several options available to you.

You can choose a laser which is Class IIIa/Class 3R or lower.
This usually means that the laser will be restricted to 5 mW or less, except in the case of certain alignment lasers which produce lines, crosses, or other patterns. Check the product description to see which Class a particular laser falls under. If in doubt, we can help you to find a laser which is Class IIIa/3R, or lower, which may suit your needs.

You can choose a laser which is not an SLA laser.
If you require more power than Class IIIa/3R will allow, and you are not intending to use the laser for an alignment or pointing application, then you may select a laboratory/OEM laser source instead. These typically run on AC or DC current and are not designed to be easily portable or operated from batteries.

If none of these options are suitable for you, please contact us so we can discuss your application in greater detail in order to work out a solution.

If you have specific questions about the Code of Federal Regulations, you can also contact the FDA directly.
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