Lasers or laser systems designated for a specific laser class by a manufacturer in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA-CDRH) Federal Laser Product Performance Standard (FLPPS) CFR 21-1040-10 or the International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 60825-1 may be considered as fulfilling all classification requirements of ANSI Z136.1-2014 and UVA’s Laser Safety Program. Commercial laser products manufactured in accordance with the FLPPS will be certified by the manufacturer and will incorporate those engineering controls required by FLPPS or IEC.

Links related to laws, regulations and standards for laser classification:
FDA Radiation-Emitting Products and Procedures
FDA Laser Products - Conformance with IEC 60825-1 and IEC 60601-2-22; (Laser Notice No. 50)
Classification Overview for various agencies

Homemade, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), non-certified and certified laser components and products and combinations are commonly in use in the research setting. Only certified lasers are required to meet FLPPS or IEC requirements.

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