Today, EPA published a final rule in the federal register extending the compliance deadlines in its Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products as follows:

  • The date for the emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions has been extended from December 12, 2017 to December 12, 2018;
  • The date for import certification provisions has been extended from December 12, 2018 to March 22, 2019;
  • The date for laminated product producer provisions has been extended from December 12, 2023 to March 22, 2024; and
  • The conclusion of the transition period for CARB Third-Party Certifiers (TPCs) has been extended from December 12, 2018 to March 22, 2019.

This final rule, which takes effect on October 25, 2017, will provide manufacturers with additional time to adjust business processes and record-keeping practices to achieve compliance with the HCHO Rule. Pursuant to a prior final rule that took effect on August 25, 2017, businesses can begin labeling product “TSCA Title VI compliant” as soon as compliance is achieved and need not wait until December 2018 to do so.