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Formaldehyde Emissions Regulations (CARB/EPA Rule)

For Composite Wood Products

Stanley Mathuram   |  
616.299.1073   |  

Reduce risk and assure your customers that your composite wood products fully comply with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM 93120) and the EPA Formaldehyde Rule for formaldehyde emissions. All producers selling hardwood plywood (veneer or composite core), particleboard, and medium density fiberboard (MDF) products in the United States are required to comply. SCS is an approved Third-Party Certifier (TPC) for both CARB ATCM 93120 and TSCA Title VI regulatory requirements. SCS meets EPA regulatory requirements to certify composite wood products under Toxics Substance Control Act (TSCA) Title VI.


SCS partners with independent, ISO-17025 accredited laboratories worldwide, providing testing services convenient for all of your manufacturing facilities. Our experience with environmental claims certification makes it easy to bundle your formaldehyde emissions certification(s) with other programs such as FSC, recycled content, and indoor air quality for greater time and cost-efficiency.

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Approved IKEA Third-Party Certifier

SCS is also an approved IKEA TPC for IKEA specification for IOS-MAT-0003: formaldehyde requirements of wood, wood-based and wood-like natural materials and products. SCS can certify IKEA suppliers to this standard effective March 9, 2017.

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Important timeline and dates:

  • By June 1, 2018, regulated composite wood panels and finished products containing such composite wood panels that are manufactured (in the United States) or imported (into the United States) must be certified as compliant with either the TSCA Title VI or the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) Phase II emission standards, which are set at identical levels, by a third-party certifier (TPC) approved by CARB and recognized by EPA. Previously, these products were required to be TSCA Title VI compliant by December 12, 2018.
  • Until March 22, 2019, regulated products certified as compliant with the CARB ATCM Phase II emission standards must be labeled as compliant with either the TSCA Title VI or the CARB ATCM Phase II emission standards.  Regulated products manufactured in or imported into the United States after March 22, 2019 may not rely on the CARB reciprocity of 40 CFR 770.15(e) and must be certified and labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant by an EPA TSCA Title VI TPC with all of the required accreditations.
  • After March 22, 2019, CARB-approved TPCs must comply with additional accreditation requirements in order to remain recognized as an EPA TSCA Title VI TPC and to continue certifying products as TSCA Title VI compliant.

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