2 March 2018
Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Updated
The Environmental Protection Agency has revised the formaldehyde standards for composite wood products regulations by (i) incorporating by reference multiple voluntary consensus standards that have been updated, superseded or withdrawn, and (ii) providing a technical correction to allow panel producers to correlate their approved quality control test method to the ASTM E1333-14 test chamber, or, upon showing equivalence, the ASTM D6007-14 test chamber. The revisions became effective 7 February.
Following the publication of the initial notice of proposed rulemaking and the promulgation on 12 December 2016 of a final rule addressing formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products, multiple voluntary consensus standards that were incorporated by reference have been updated or withdrawn and superseded. Accordingly, the EPA has incorporated by reference into the regulations at 40 CFR part 770 current versions of the voluntary consensus standards assembled by the Engineered Wood Association, the Composite Panel Association, the American National Standards Institute, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the International Organisation for Standardisation, the Japanese Standards Association and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The EPA is taking this action to ensure that regulated entities use the most up-to-date voluntary consensus standards to comply with the final rule.