U.S. EPA Announces Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in its role as a Partner Government Agency (PGA) with U.S. Customs, recently provided updated requirements for the import of composite wood products and corresponding formaldehyde emission standards. Composite wood products include hardwood plywood, medium–density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard as well as finished goods made from these materials.

U.S. importers should note that as of June 1, 2018, all applicable composite wood products and components, whether imported or manufactured domestically, must be certified as compliant with Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI or California Air Resources Board (CARB) phase II regulations. This includes applicable labeling and recordkeeping requirements.

By March 22, 2019, all applicable U.S. imports must be entered with a certification per TSCA Section 13. In practice, this will require U.S. importers to provide a TSCA statement covering each import or applicable product. A TSCA statement is a self-declaration document to show customs that all chemical substances imported into the United States either comply with the Toxic Substance Control Act (TCSA) at the time of import (positive certification) or not subject to TSCA requirements (negative certification).

Please contact your local Delmar International representative or our North American Customs Advisory Services Group for additional information.

Additional reference information is available at:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

https://www.epa.gov/formaldehyde/resources-and-guidance-materials-translations-formaldehyde-emission-standards-composite 

Formaldehyde_emission_standards_for_composite_wood_products_fact_sheet_0.pdf

Composite Panel Association (CPA)

https://www.compositepanel.org/public-policy/formaldehyde-standards-tsca-title-vi.html#C

https://www.compositepanel.org/userfiles/filemanager/4588/

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