EPA TSCA Title VI
The EPA’s national formaldehyde regulation, known as TSCA Title VI, is widely recognized as the most stringent formaldehyde emissions regulation of composite wood in the world today. It implements “The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act,”, a bipartisan, bicameral law passed in 2010 that CPA actively supported in cooperation with the Sierra Club, labor union and health advocate stakeholders. Known now as Title VI of EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA Title VI), the law directs EPA to set formaldehyde emission limits and establish a rigorous third-party verification system based on the existing California Air Resources Board formaldehyde regulations.
As of March 22, 2019, composite panel producers and manufacturers of products containing them around the world must comply with the requirements of TSCA Title VI if they wish to sell in the U.S. market. These requirements include:
- Quarterly audits and lot-by-lot testing with results reported to EPA-approved third-party certifier.
- Testing of collected samples must be done at an EPA-approved laboratory.
- Non-complying lots must be isolated and properly managed.
- Composite panel producers, finished product manufacturers, distributers and retailers must also meet recordkeeping and labeling requirements to ensure chain-of-custody and proper notice.
No other regulation in the world today for composite wood panels carries this level of oversight to ensure each production lot destined for the U.S. market has been tested for compliance with the extremely low TSCA Title VI emission limits. CPA members are proud to have supported the TSCA Title VI and its implementing regulations and will be strong advocates for strong enforcement by EPA to best protect consumers and ensure fair competition among manufacturers.