EPA Update: Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood and Wood Laminate

In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule that would regulate the amount of formaldehyde emissions from composite wood, such as hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard. Additionally, the proposed rule would regulate laminated wood products, impose more precise labeling on covered products and require compliance information to be passed down from manufacturer/importer through the distribution chain. Any musical instrument made of composite or laminate wood is impacted by the new regulations.

Update:

December 7, 2017 - After receiving an adverse comment on the action during the public comment period, the EPA is working to update voluntary consensus standards in the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products rule. Learn more about this action.

Resources:

Formaldehyde Updates from the EPA

Manufacturer Frequently Asked Questions

Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

Rule resources and guidance materials

EPA Fact Sheet

Webinars for small entity compliance

Find an EPA-recognized Accreditation Body

Find an EPA-recognized Third-Party Certifier