TSCA Title VI (CARB) Compliance.

EPA’s TSCA Title VI, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, establishes the world’s most stringent formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products.

The regulation is patterned off of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2008 formaldehyde emissions standards, including:

– Product scope:

  • Particleboard
  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
  • Hardwood Plywood
  • All products made with the above materials, including for example, furniture, kitchen cabinets and laminate flooring

– Low emission limits:

  • Particleboard (0.09 ppm)
  • MDF (0.11 ppm)
  • Thin MDF (0.13 ppm)
  • Hardwood Plywood (0.05 ppm)

– Rigorous testing and third-party certification system to ensure compliance

– Reduced testing and/or exemptions from testing and certification for no-added formaldehyde (NAF) and ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) products

– Similar labeling, reporting and record-keeping requirements

There are also several provisions unique to the EPA regulation, including most notably:

– Laminated Products:  Some fabricators that make component parts using a wood or woody grass veneer (such as bamboo) attached to a composite wood core may also meet the definition for “laminated product” producers, which triggers a number of additional requirements.

– Limited de Minimis Exemption:  An exemption for finished goods or component parts sold directly to end users if the composite wood content does not exceed 144 square inches on its largest face.

– Sell-Through Provision: The regulation also provides for a broad sell-through provision.

These rules apply to both imported and domestic composite wood panels and finished products.

Indiana Furniture products meet the TSCA Title VI regulations. Invoices and product labels from Indiana include a statement of compliance.

Click here for frequently asked questions about TSCA Title VI.