EPA TSCA Title VI – Formaldehyde Emissions Standards

In 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted regulations and policies regarding formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. The final rule – TSCA Title VI – became effective on May 22, 2017 and specifically affects 1) Hardwood Plywood 2) Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) and 3) Particleboard. The regulations also apply to component parts and finished goods containing composite wood products – furniture, for example. As of March 22, 2019, import certification is required on regulated products and those products must be labeled compliant under the final rule.

The full text of the ruling contains a great deal of information regarding products covered, Third-Party Certifiers (TPC’s), testing and certification, record-keeping.

Of particular interest to the importer may be 40 CFR 770.30, as it contains information pertinent to Importers, Distributors and Retailers.

To summarize briefly, the Compliance Timeline is as follows:

  • The final rule became effective on May 22, 2017.
  • As of June 1, 2018, composite wood products (manufactured in or imported into the U.S.) had to be certified as compliant with emission standards by a CARB approved and EPA-recognized Third-Party Certifier (TPC).
  • Until March 22, 2019, regulated products must be labelled as compliant with the TSCA Title VI or CARB ATCM Phase II emission standards. After March 22, 2019, products must be labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant.
  • Beginning March 22, 2019, TSCA Section 13 import certification is required upon import into the customs territory of the U.S.
  • Beginning March 22, 2024, non-exempt laminated products become hardwood plywood and must comply with panel producer requirements.

For further information, or to find out if your imported article is regulated under TSCA Title VI and requires TSCA Section 13 Import Certification, please click on the link we provided above. If you have any questions, please contact your local C J representative.