Known for its irritation side-effects, formaldehyde is a substance found mainly in indoor spaces where the sources of contamination can be multiple: construction products, furniture, detergent, etc. Since 2004, formaldehyde has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a “known human carcinogen” (Group 1).
Formaldehyde is one of the most common pollutants in interior spaces. It is mainly found in glues used to make wood panels.
New regulations on formaldehyde and VOC emissions and restrictions on imported products are already in force or being developed in the USA, France and China.
On July 7, 2010, the “Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act” became law as the “Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI”. This legislation now in force is controlled by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
These standards set the permitted limits for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products such as hardwood plywood, medium density pressed wood and chipboards that are sold, supplied, manufactured or imported into the US territory. The TSCA Title VI came into force on March 21, 2017.
Wood panels are directly concerned
Article L. 221-10 of the Environmental Code: “Construction and furniture products, as well as wall and floor coverings, paints and varnishes that emit substances into ambient air are subject to a labelling requirement for volatile pollutants as of January 1, 2012”.
In this context, the regulatory system project specifies that furniture products containing wood-based panels, main emitters of formaldehyde (an irritating and carcinogenic substance) are covered by the labelling requirement if they are intended, exclusively or not, for indoor use.
Proposed effective dates:
…..1st january 2020
…. 1st january 2021
- Products released after January 1, 2020: January 1, 2020
Products placed on the market before January 1, 2020: January 1, 2021
The aim is to make E1 standard mandatory in all European countries. Denmark notified the European Community of the new furniture regulations in early 2017. The European Panel Federation (EPF) wants the other EU countries to continue to make steps in this direction.
As of June 1, 2018, the wood-based panels used in furniture manufacturing (NAICS code 337) must comply with the following formaldehyde emission limit values:
For hardwood plywood manufactured with veneer core or composite core as defined in "ANSI/HPVA-HP-1-2016 American National Standard for Hardwood and Decorative Plywood" (excluding moulded or curved plywood), the standard is 0.05 ppm (0.05 ml AF/m3 Air or 62 µg/m3 with the match 1 ppm = 1.24 mg/m3).
True to its commitment to constantly improve the quality of its products with its clients and partners, BRUGERE guarantees that the panels which leave factory are TSCA certified.
This development also strengthens the company’s strategy resolutely responsible manufacturing committed, in the continuity of the labels already affixed to the BRUGERE products: PEFC ( Program of the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).