The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
regulates all laser products, even handheld, battery-powered lasers that are available for purchase from manufacturers, importers, assemblers, dealers or distributors in the United States and its territories. This includes lasers manufactured or obtained on a continuing basis for the purpose of sale or resale.
FDA Radiation-Emitting Products Basics
The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)
) is a regulatory bureau within the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDRH has been chartered by Congress to standardize the performance safety of manufactured laser products. All laser products that have been manufactured and entered into commerce, after August 2, 1976, must comply with these regulations.
About the Center for Devices and Radiological Health
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
a division of the US Department of Labor is responsible for assuring a safe work place. At the present time, OSHA does not have a comprehensive laser safety standard. Instead, the OSHA policy has been to rely on ANSI Z136.1, the generally accepted industry laser standard, and FDA/CDRH laser manufacturer requirements.
OSHA Laser Hazards
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
is an organization for which expert volunteers participate on committees to set industry consensus standards in various fields.
The ANSI Z136 Standards are the United States National Consensus Standards for laser safety
Z136.ORG is the administrative website of the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC Z136) and related subcommittees.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
is a global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.
The IEC document 60825-1 is the primary standard that outlines the safety of laser products.
Laser Safety Organizations
Medical Laser Training
The American Academy of Laser Therapy is a division of The American Medical Laser Education & Research Foundation
that is a certified non – profit (5013C) focused on education, training and research in photomedicine.
The Laser Training Institute and the Professional Medical Education Association
is a non-profit, 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. We are affiliated with, but independent of, the non-profit National Council on Laser Certification.
The National Council on Laser Certification
is a nonprofit organization providing Laser Certifications in the areas of Medical, Surgical and Aesthetic (Cosmetic).
Medical Laser Associations
The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS)
was founded in 1980 and is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser and energy-based applications. ASLMS provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participates in communicating the latest developments in laser and energy-based research to investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.
North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy (NAALT)
is to be a forum for therapeutic light therapy practitioners in North America (Mexico, USA and Canada). It is our intention to promote phototherapy as a valid treatment, and to improve understanding of photobiological mechanisms, basic therapeutic light physics, safety, treatment parameters, techniques, regulatory issues and reimbursement.
The World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT)
was formed in May 1994 at Barcelona, Spain, when two international organizations, namely, International Laser Therapy Association (ILTA) and International Society for Laser Application In Medicine (ISLAM), unified to pursue the common goals of promoting research, education and clinical application of laser photostimulation world-wide. About three hundred delegates attended the unification congress.
The International Aesthetic & Laser Association (IALA)
is an aesthetic and laser association offering strategic solutions to critical industry issues to laser hair removal centers, medical spas, and more.
The Photomedicine Society
was established in 1992 to promote a greater understanding of the scientific and medical aspects of light in health and disease. The Society is composed of physicians, photobiologists, physicists, and students involved in photomedicine from medical practice, scientific research, government agencies, and industry.
SPIE, The International Society for Optics and Photonics,
was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA),
is the largest professional association in the world representing doctors of chiropractic.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 100,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy’s role in the nation’s health care system.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 43,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of NATA to support their profession and to receive a broad array of membership benefits. By joining forces as a group, NATA members can accomplish more for the athletic training profession than they can individually. The NATA national office currently has more than 40 full-time staff members who work to support NATA’s mission.
The College Athletic Trainers Society (CATS)
has 520 members. The College Athletic Trainers’ Society is an organization that represents certified or licensed athletic trainers.
The American Medical Association (AMA)
founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of physicians—both MDs and DOs—and medical students in the United States.
The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)
is an organization of PM&R physicians who are dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through research and education.
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
mission is to advance the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine. Serving as the professional family for more than 129,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) promotes public health and encourages scientific research. In addition to serving as the primary certifying body for DOs, the AOA is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
is the medical specialty society representing physicians practicing in the field of pain medicine. As a medical specialty society, the Academy is involved in education, training, advocacy, and research in the specialty of pain medicine.
The Free Market Medical Association (FMMA)
is dedicated to bringing together physicians, surgeons, providers, facilities, and support businesses; providing necessary resources to promote a successful industry; and defending the practice of free market medicine without the intervention of government or other third parties
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA),
Founded in 1912, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is the leading resource for foot and ankle health information. Currently, the organization represents a vast majority of the estimated 15,000 podiatrists in the country. In addition to the national headquarters, APMA boasts 53 state component locations throughout the United States and its territories, as well as affiliated societies.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP),
Founded in 1985, is the national professional society representing licensed naturopathic doctors. The AANP aims to increase awareness of and expand access to naturopathic physicians, help its members build successful medical practices, and expand the body of naturopathic medicine research. The AANP’s physician members are graduates of naturopathic medical schools accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. CNME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D. or N.M.D.) or Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) degree.
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
is the largest nonprofit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
is a not-for-profit association representing more than 89,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. The AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
is the only organization to accredit companion veterinary hospitals. Our accredited hospitals hold themselves to a higher standard. Pets are their passion, and keeping them healthy is their #1 priority. They strive to deliver excellent care for pets.