US Extends Compliance Dates for Composite Wood Products

Top Quote The US EPA has moved back the date by which products must comply with the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act. Compliance dates will now be implemented in phases from December 12, 2018. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 12, 2017 - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a Final Rule (FR) to extend certain compliance dates relating to the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act. The new compliance dates, published in the Federal Register, are designed to give regulatory relief to the composite wood industry.

    Published on September 25, 2017, the FR has extended the compliance dates for some provisions. These include:
    • The manufactured-by date for formaldehyde emission standards in composite wood products. This includes record keeping and labeling provisions – December 12, 2018
    • Import certification for importers – March 22, 2019
    • The transitional period for CARB-TPCs certifying composite wood products under TSCA Title VI without an accreditation issued by an EPA-recognized AB – March 22, 2019
    • Producers of laminated products – March 22, 2024

    The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act was signed into law in July 2010 by President Obama, amending the Toxic Substances Control Act and directing the EPA to develop regulations for the implementation of the act. The EPA then published a FR for executing the act in December 2016.

    The FR included provisions relating to, among other things:
    • Formaldehyde emissions in hardwood plywood composite core or veneer core (HWPW-CC or VC), particleboards (PBs) and medium-density fiberboards (MDFs)
    • Third-party certification programs
    • Incentives for products manufactured from ultra-low emitting formaldehyde resins (ULEF) and no added-formaldehyde-based resins (NAF)
    • Product labeling
    • Accreditation Bodies (ABs) and Third-party Certifiers (TPCs)

    The formaldehyde emission standards are identical to those in Phase 2 of the Air Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to control formaldehyde emissions under the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Stakeholders should note the newest FR allows CARB-TPCs to operate for a full two years during the transition period.

    The latest FR will become effective on October 25, 2017

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