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What is FDA's role in overseeing and regulating radiation-emitting electronic products?

FDA oversees and regulates the radiation safety of electronic products that emit radiation, including medical imaging systems (such as CAT scan and mammography equipment), counter terrorism security systems (such as baggage and passenger screening systems for airline security), and many industrial and electronic consumer products (such as microwave ovens, lasers, and tanning booths).

In addition to establishing performance standards and taking regulatory action when these products are defective, FDA recommends good practices and conducts educational activities to encourage safe use of these products.

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