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US formaldehyde act for composite wood

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US formaldehyde regulation

US congress released a regulation on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, for:

  • Hardwood Plywood (Veneer or Composite core)
  • Particleboard
  • Medium Density Fiberboard

Both composite wood panels and down-stream products containing such panels are involved, such as wooden flooring, furniture and more.

The regulation is not yet in force. The draft regulation is complex, therefore here is a number of valuable links to more information:

  • Summary
  • Text of the regulation: "Search for 40 CFR Part 770".

This is intended to expand the California CARB on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood (ATCM 93120) to the whole USA.

The related testing shall be performed in large-scale test chambers (ASTM E1333), or in mid-scale test chambers (ASTM D6007) that are calibrated against an approved large-scale test chamber. Testing is performed at 25 °C which is in contrast to emissions testing in most other parts of the world (where 23 °C is the temperature at test). That is the reason why Eurofins does not offer these tests, at present our test chambers are running at 23 °C only. Eurofins recommends using the CARB approved Third-Party Certifier Scientific Certification Systems SCS, California.

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