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NIST Releases New Document That Provides Guidance on U.S. Compliance Requirements for Electrical and Electronic Equipment

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Standards Coordination Office has released the Guide to United States Electrical and Electronic Equipment Compliance Requirements. This guide addresses electrical and electronic consumer products, including those that will come into contact with food. It also includes electronic medical devices and workplace products.

The Guide provides an overview of the primary regulations pertaining to electrical and electronic products, and covers both applicable federal and state regulations. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), are all US federal agencies that regulate electrical and electronic products.

 “The regulatory compliance system in the United States is very complicated and NIST has made a major contribution to the ability of companies to understand and comply with all the requirements. This is a major directory that should be on the desk of every compliance engineer in the world,” said Wayne Morris, Retired Vice President of Technical Operations at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and current Chair of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Standards and Technical Barriers to Trade.

This guide is the sixth in a series of United States Compliance Guides provided by the NIST Standards Coordination Office. Other guides cover furniture, footwear, apparel and household textiles, flat-rolled steel, and motor vehicle equipment and parts. This document, along with the other United States Compliance Guides, can be found on the NIST website.



Released November 23, 2016, Updated February 27, 2017