New law on formaldehyde in US

If someone is going to export wood-based panels or finished goods that contain composite wood products, they must take note of this: from December 2017 in the United States as a whole, a new standard for formaldehyde emissions will become law.

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) with Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI establishes formaldehyde emission standards. The scope is to ensure compliance with formaldehyde emission standard for producers, fabricators, importers, distributors and retailers.

The limits are: 0.05 part per million (ppm) for hardwood plywood; 0.09 ppm for particle boards; 0.11 ppm for fibre boards and 0.13 ppm for thin (< 8 mm thickness) fibre boards.

The standard also defines the certification process which must be followed by a recognized third party certifier; they require quarterly audits with testing activity and also internal company controls on produced batches of boards.

Recognised third party certifiers will be automatically approved by the EPA for the first two years of activity, with specific procedures for renewal.

 

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