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CPA Comments on Draft Canadian Composite Wood Rule

CPA submitted last week detailed comments on Canada’s proposed “Regulations to limit the emissions of formaldehyde from composite wood panels and finished goods and component parts made from them.” The comments focused entirely on sections in the Regulations that were not aligned with TSCA Title VI and provided, in most instances, suggested language that could be incorporated into a revised draft.  Among the larger issues raised in the comments were:

  • The lack of a third-party certification process;

  • The absence of any process for managing non-complying lots;

  • Concerns with extensive labeling requirements; and

  • The need for a modest sell-through approach and phased-in labeling. 

There were also a number of comments made to better align the definitions sections and testing procedures and requirements. 

CPA met with Health Canada (HC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in Ottawa yesterday to explain the submitted comments and reinforce the need for close alignment with TSCA Title VI.  The meeting was very positive and opened up the possibility for continued dialogue as the Government moves forward with finalizing the Regulations.  HC and ECCC staff indicated that work would continue on the Regulations through the upcoming federal elections but that any move to finalize them would likely not occur until approved by the new administration.  See CPA Comments.  More Info: Jackson Morrill

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