California Approved Formaldehyde Requirements
on Composite Wood Products
The Airborne Toxic Control Measure
(ATCM) to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products proposed
by Air Resources Board (ARB) was approved by the Office of Administrative
Law of California on April 18, 2008.
The requirements of the new regulation
Beginning January 1, 2009, new "Phase
1" formaldehyde emission standards would take effect. More stringent "Phase
2" emission standards would be phased in between 2010 and 2012. The ATCM
applies to manufacturers, distributors, importers, fabricators, and retailers
that sell, offer for sale, or supply HWPW, PB, and MDF panels or finished
goods for use in California. However, it does not apply to those sold
or used outside of the state.
The ATCM requires manufacturers to
verify compliance by using a third party certifier approved by ARB. A
finished good does not comply with the ATCM if it contains any composite
wood product which does not comply with the emission standards or is found
exceeding the applicable emission standards as shown in Table 1.
Finished goods manufactured before
the Phase 1 and Phase 2 effective dates containing HWPW-VC, HWPW-CC, PB,
MDF, or thin MDF may be sold, supplied, offered for sale for up to 18
months (grace period) after each of the specified effective dates. The
expiry dates are shown in Table 2.
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