CPA has a longstanding reputation as the leading and most effective industry advocate on standards and regulations pertaining to emissions from composite panel products, particularly those related to formaldehyde-based adhesives. While many of CPA’s efforts have had repercussions throughout the world, the association’s direct advocacy is limited to the US and Canada.
The association sponsors all ANSI standards related to particleboard, MDF, hardboard, engineered wood siding and engineered wood trim, as well as CPA’s Eco-Certified Composite sustainability standard and certification program, all of which address product emissions and impose stringent and verifiable requirements.
The US federal formaldehyde law, along with California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure are the two chief regulations affecting product emissions in the U.S. These have effectively become worldwide standards.
U.S. Formaldehyde Legislation & EPA Formaldehyde Regulation
On a federal level, the association partnered with the Sierra Club to propose and draft bipartisan federal legislation to establish a national standard for formaldehyde emissions from composite panel products. Signed into law by President Obama in 2009, the legislation was supported by industry, labor, health care and environmental groups, and requires to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue implementing regulations by January 1, 2013.
CPA continues to work with EPA and will be provide formal comments when the proposed rulemaking is issued for public comment later in 2012. CPA remains especially interested in ensuring consistency with the CARB Rule and the pending national standard. MORE INFO
California (CARB) Formaldehyde Rule
CPA has been at the forefront of product emissions for decades. CPA formed and led the California Wood Industries Coalition (CWIC) which advocated for six years.Comprised of a diverse group of national and state organizations, CPA formed and led the California Wood Industries Coalition (CWIC) which was the primary industry intervener with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on its ground breaking rulemaking addressing formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. The “CARB Rule,” initially approved in May 2007, is the toughest production standard of its kind in the world, and CPA continues to work with California regulators on subsequent updates and amendments to this rule. See MORE INFO
Other US Issues
On a case-by-case basis, CPA has also intervened with other industry partners on legislation and regulation related to “green chemistry” and health-related impacts of industry products. The association is committed to ensuring that public policy is based on sound, verifiable science, along with transparent and comprehensive public input. CPA continues to emphasize the commitment of its members to responsible product stewardship and public health. MORE INFO
CPA tracks federal and provincial legislation and regulatory efforts in Canada. Contact: Donald Bisson, CPA's Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs