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Emissions Product Standards

CPA sponsors the Eco-Certified CompositeTM sustainability standard and certification program, a voluntary industry sustainability standard for manufacturers of composite wood.  In addition to meeting a number of criteria related to carbon footprint, wood sourcing, and sustainable manufacturing, composite panel plants must commit to meeting the CARB and EPA TSCA Title VI formaldehyde emissions requirements for 100% of its panels 100% of the time.  This standard sets ECC-Certified mills apart from the rest of the world’s producers, requiring an attention to detail and rigorous commitment to compliance that is unmatched.  Many of the world’s producers can ship noncomplying panels to other jurisdictions, including in their own countries, where the TSCA Title VI emission limits do not apply.  ECC certification offers the highest level of assurance that users and specifiers receive trusted, compliant product.    

Products carrying the ECC-certified logo are produced in a manufacturing plant that is audited and certified by CPA.  ECC certification requires an on-site qualification audit and subsequent annual audits of individual manufacturing facilities.  These inspections include review of the plant’s quality control manual, personnel, wood yard and all relevant record on production and formaldehyde testing.  This level of oversight ensures that the sustainability criteria – including the 100% 100% of the time requirement – are being made on a plant-wide scale.  

CPA also sponsors all ANSI standards related to particleboard, MDF, hardboard and engineered wood siding & trim, which address product emissions and impose stringent and verifiable requirements. 

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