Canada issues regulation on formaldehyde emissions from wood-based panels

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The Canadian Ministry of the Environment published an ordinance on the regulation of formaldehyde emissions from wood-based materials SOR / 2021-148 in the Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 155, Number 14 on July 7, 2021. The aim is to protect the Canadian population from the negative health effects of increased formaldehyde concentrations in indoor air. In addition, one wants to minimize any distortions of competition between the neighboring countries USA and Canada. For this reason, CANFER is mainly based on the US formaldehyde regulations EPA TSCA Title VI.

The regulation affects wood-based materials and "laminated products" within the meaning of the EPA TSCA Title VI regulations with identical requirements for test methodology and frequency, as well as limit values ​​for formaldehyde emissions for the corresponding product types. Manufacturers who are already certified according to EPA TSCA Title VI do not have to take any further steps with regard to product monitoring, informs the Institute for Wood Technology Dresden (IHD).

Only the requirements for product labeling, relevant records as well as their archiving time and other administrative elements, such as reporting to the Canadian Ministry of the Environment, are different and must be taken into account before importing or selling the wood-based materials concerned in Canada.

On January 7th, 2023 the “Ordinance for plywood, chipboard and MDF (greater than and less than or equal to 8 mm thickness)” will come into force. The requirements for “laminated products”, on the other hand, will come into force on January 7, 2028.

You can find more information here .

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