What Is the Device Health Warranty Policy?

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Thai Ha asked 2 months ago

I'm fairly new to RFID. Thank you so much for your help.

—Thai Ha

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Thai Ha,

There are two ways I could interpret the question: "What policies are in place for human health around RFID technology?" or "What is the guarantee related to the health of the RFID product itself?"

With the first possibility, the answer varies based on how the RFID technology is being used. For use on goods such as retail apparel, household goods, etc., there are no health policy regulations. When it comes to use around food products (such as those that might go into a microwave, for instance) there are specific tags that have been approved by government entities.

Of course, requirements vary according to the country in which the tags are being read. There are many RFID tags authorized for use on medical devices that have received approval by government or standards entities, again depending on the part of the world in which they are being used. The majority of RFID tags pose no health concerns, especially since they are inert and are rarely used in close proximity to a person. More often than not, they are attached to price labels or containers.

When it comes to the guarantee of an RFID product's lifetime, that would depend as well. Passive UHF, HF or LF tags don't have a specific shelf life, but they are built to be disposable. Active tags would last for as long as their battery was powered. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out!

Claire Swedberg
Senior Editor
RFID Journal

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