Containing many elements from California’s ‘Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to Reduce Formaldehyde Emission from Composite Wood Products’ and the US ‘Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act’ (the Act), Canada published its draft regulation on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood for indoor use on June 29, 2019. This proposal, when approved, will be passed under the power of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA).
Canada has commenced a consultation period for its draft regulation and a draft directive for the testing of emissions.
The key elements from the draft regulation are:
The draft regulation also states the obligations for economic operators in the industry:
Dates and Deadlines
This Regulation will come into force 180 days after its publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II. Once approved, Canada will begin compliance activities, including the formation of guidance documents and regular updates on its websites.
The 75-day consultation on its draft regulation and draft directive has begun and comments on these can be received up until September 12, 2019.
SGS has accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025 with the scope to test formaldehyde emissions from composite wood panels or laminated products and can therefore provide testing capabilities that are aligned with the upcoming regulation.
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