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.

Resources:

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