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On February 7, 2018, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) published a final rule in the Federal Register, 83 FR 5340, revising the voluntary consensus standards for formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products and clarifying a technicality to allow panel manufacturers to correlate their control methods to either large or small chamber. The revisions update the final rule of December 2016, 81 FR 89674.

The latest final rule includes, among other things, the following revisions:

  • 14 standards have been updated to reflect the latest editions that are in use by the composite wood industry. These are:
    • Structural glued laminated timber - ANSI A190.1-2017
    • Particleboards - ANSI A208.1-2016
    • MDF for interior applications - ANSI A208.2-2016
    • Hardwood & decorative plywood - ANSI-HPVA HP-1-2016
    • Pre-fabricated wood I-joists - ASTM D5055-16
    • Structural composite lumber products - ASTM D5456-14b
    • Desiccator method - ASTM D5582-14
    • Small-scale chamber - ASTM D6007-14
    • Large chamber - ASTM E1333-14
    • Gas analysis method - BS EN ISO 12460-3:2015
    • Perforator method - BS EN ISO 12460-5:2015
    • Desiccator method - JIS A1460:2015
    • Structural plywood - PS-1-09
    • Wood-based structural-use panels - PS-2-10
  • Updating a technical revision to allow panel manufacturers to correlate their quality control methods to ASTM E1333-14 or, upon demonstrating equivalence, ASTM D6007-14
  • Clarification that data generated after December 12, 2016, from a panel manufacturer’s QC test method, may be used to certify compliant composite wood products under the TSCA Title VI program until a new annual correlation is required
  • Beginning February 7, 2018, data used to establish correlations must be generated using ASTM E1333-14 or ASTM D6007-14 and the panel manufacturer’s QC approved test method

The final rule became effective upon publication on February 7, 2018. Stakeholders should now check that their products comply with the latest requirements for composite wood products for the US market.

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