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Products requiring approval

We want customers to be able to shop with confidence on Amazon. For certain products, brands, categories and sub-categories, Amazon requires sellers to obtain approval before listing products for sale. The Approval process may include document requests, performance checks and other qualifications.

Note: If you receive an error message when adding a product, verify that your account is active and your credit card and bank account information are the latest. If your account is under review and additional information is required, reply to the email you received in the Performance Notifications. For more information about each settings, see Update your account information.

Products that require document review

Certain products require documents for approval (Product types requiring document review will be updated from time to time.). For more information about Products that require document review, see Recalls & Product Safety.

Restricted products

Certain products may not be listed at all on Amazon. Learn more in our Restricted Products, Selling Policies, and Amazon Intellectual Property Policy.

Category Reference of restrictions on Seller Central
Alcohol Alcohol
Animal-Related Products Animals & animal product
Automotive Automotive and powersports
Currencies, coins, and cash equivalents Currency, coins, and cash equivalents
Quasi-Drugs and Cosmetics Quasi drugs & cosmetics
Dietary Supplements Dietary supplements
Medication Drugs
Weapons & Related Items Weapons and imitation weapons
Food & Beverage Food & beverage
Sex & Sensuality Adult products
Offensive & Controversial Materials Offensive products
Amazon Devices, Repair & Maintenance Accessories Amazon devices and repair/maintenance parts and tools
Electrical Appliances/Electronic Equipment Electrical appliances and electronic devices
Laser Pointers & Related Products Laser products
Medical Device Handling (for Marketplace Sellers) Medical devices
Lock Picking & Theft Devices Stolen property & lock picking devices
Medical Devices & Accessories Medical devices & accessories
Plants, Plant Products, & Seeds Plant and seed products
Recalled Products Recalled products
Tobacco & Tobacco-Related Products Tobacco & tobacco-related products
Other Other products
Chemicals, pesticides & fertilizers Chemicals, pesticides & fertilizers
Recycled Home Appliances Home appliance recycling law related policy

Amazon Brand Registry

Amazon Brand Registry helps you protect your intellectual property and create an accurate and trusted experience for customers on Amazon. For more information about the Amazon Brand Registry, visit our information page.

Applying to list existing products that require approval

To apply to list a product that requires approval that already exists in Amazon’s catalog, follow these steps:

  1. From the Seller Central Home page, click on Catalog menu and select Add Products.
  2. Search for the item that you want to sell.
  3. In the search results, click the Listing limitations apply link next to the item.
  4. Click the Request Approval button to begin the application process.

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