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Canadian SOR/2021-148 Compound Wood Formaldehyde Emission Regulations
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         OnJuly7,2021,EnvironmentCanadaandtheMinistryofHealthapprovedthecompoundwoodformaldehydeemissionregulations.TheregulationshavebeenpublishedinthesecondpartoftheCanadianGazetteandwillcomeintoeffectonJanuary7,2023.Thefollowingarethekeypointsoftheregulations:


  1.Scopeofcontrol


  Thisregulationappliestoanycompositewoodproductscontainingformaldehyde.MostcompositewoodproductsimportedorsoldinCanadamustmeetthecorrespondingrequirements.However,theemissionrequirementsforlaminateswillnotcomeintoeffectuntilJanuary7,2028.


  Inaddition,aslongastherearerecordstoprove,productsmanufacturedorimportedinCanadabeforetheeffectivedatearenotsubjecttothisregulation.


  2.Formaldehydeemissionlimit


  Thisregulationsetsthemaximumformaldehydeemissionstandardforcompositewoodproducts.Theseemissionlimitsareexpressedintermsoftheconcentrationofformaldehydeobtainedbyspecifictestmethods(ASTMD6007,ASTME1333),whicharethesameastheemissionlimitsoftheUSEPATSCATitleVIregulations:


  0.05ppmforhardwoodplywood


  Particleboardis0.09ppm


  0.11ppmformediumdensityfiberboard


  0.13ppmforthinmediumdensityfiberboardand


  0.05ppmforlaminates


  3.Labelingandcertificationrequirements


  AllcompositewoodproductsmustbelabeledbeforetheyaresoldinCanada,orthesellermustkeepacopyofthelabelandprovideitatanytime.Therearealreadybilinguallabels(EnglishandFrench)indicatingthatcompositewoodproductsthatcomplywithTSCATitleVIregulationsintheUnitedStateswillberecognizedasmeetingCanadianlabelingrequirements.


  Compositewoodandlaminateproductsmustalsobecertifiedbyathird-partycertificationbody(TPC)beforebeingimportedorsold(note:compositewoodproductsthathaveobtainedTSCATitleVIcertificationwillbeacceptedbythisregulation).


  4.Recordkeepingrequirements


  ManufacturersofcompositewoodpanelsandlaminateswillberequiredtokeepalargenumberoftestrecordsandprovidetheserecordstothemattherequestoftheMinistryofEnvironment.Importersandretailerswillneedtokeepthecertificationstatementsfortheirproducts.Forimporters,therearesomeadditionalrequirements.


  Inaddition,theregulationwillalsorequireallregulatedcompaniestoidentifythemselvesbyinformingtheMinistryofEnvironmentoftheregulatedactivitiestheyparticipateinandtheircontactinformation.


  5.Reportingrequirements


  Thosewhomanufacture,import,sellorsellcompositewoodproductscontainingformaldehydemustprovidethefollowingwritteninformationtotheMinistryofEnvironment:


  (a)Name,address,telephonenumber,e-mailandthenameoftherelevantcontactperson;


  (b)Astatementastowhetherthecompanymanufactures,imports,sellsorprovidescompositewoodpanels,laminatedproducts,partsorfinishedproducts.