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Formaldehyde Emissions Regulations (CARB/EPA Rule)

For Composite Wood Products

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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 2017.

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This program applies to producers of medium density fiberboard (MDF), particle board (PB), and hardwood plywood (HWP), including veneer and composite core.

Program Criteria

Formaldehyde levels in certified products must fall within established limits set by the State of California and the US EPA for each type of product. For more information about the regulation, including updates and advisories, see:


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