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EPA Publishes Final Formaldehyde Rule

The Final Technical Correction Rule that makes technical fixes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products regulation was published in the Federal Register this week.

Formaldehyde
August 29, 2019

UL informs the industry that the Final Technical Correction Rule that makes technical fixes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products regulation was published in the Federal Register this week.

EPA is publishing this final rule to amend the formaldehyde standards for composite wood products regulation. They are publishing these amendments to address certain technical issues and to further align the final rule requirements with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) Phase II program.

Addressing these technical issues will add clarity for regulated entities. These revisions to the existing rule will also streamline compliance programs and help to ensure continued smooth transitions for supply chains to comply with the requirements associated with regulated composite wood products.

Composite wood products must still meet emission standards, be tested and certified, and sold with a label stating that they are TSCA Title VI certified. Finished goods containing composite wood products must still be sold with a label stating that they are TSCA Title VI compliant.
 
It’s important that international manufacturers of wooden and wood composite products understand the amendments and that they ensure compliance prior to introducing their products to the U.S. market. Failure to comply can result in fees, fines, litigation, damage to your brand or – worst of all – potential harm to indoor occupants.

Whether you are manufacturing composite wood panels or fabricating finished goods intended for the U.S. market, UL can help you reduce the risks of non-compliance or failure to deliver safe products to market.

Formaldehyde emissions are just one aspect to consider, with mechanical, fire and other safety matters also critically important to successfully introducing products to the U.S. market.
Learn more about our solutions on UL.com/furniture.

For more insight:
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0174-0042

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/23/2019-18134/proposed-high-priority-substance-designations-under-the-toxic-substances-control-act-tsca-notice-of.

 

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