EPA Issues Final Formaldehyde Rule

Note: Any musical instrument made of composite or laminate wood is impacted by the new regulations.

On December 12, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued its long-overdue final rule setting formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products such as plywood, particleboard, etc. The standards, mandated by a federal law, track closely to a California state standard established several years ago.

The rule's emissions levels go into effect December 12, 2017 for all panel manufacturers. On the same date, product manufacturers and laminators will be required to use compliant core material in their products. Composite wood subject to the rule is used in such products as instrument cases and electronic keyboards.

In addition to the standards, EPA has established a new certification requirement for imports of composite wood panels or products made with composite wood. The certification requirement is effective December 12, 2018.

Text of EPA's final formaldehyde rule can be found here.

To learn more about formaldehyde and how proposed regulations can impact composite wood products, please visit the EPA for more information.