SGS Guarantees Composite Wood Products Comply With New Formaldehyde Emission Standards

May 02 2017

With new standards regarding formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products coming into force in the US and Europe, manufacturers are turning to SGS to help ensure compliance.

These products are wood-based panels made from wood pieces, particles or fibers that have been bonded together using various adhesives, including urea-formaldehyde resins. Research has shown that these resins can emit formaldehyde – a colorless, flammable gas with a strong irritating odor – at room temperature. What’s more, high levels of exposure may cause some types of cancer.

The US has introduced the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act covering the following composite wood products:

• Hardwood plywood composite core (HWPW-CC)
• Hardwood plywood veneer core (HWPW-VC)
• Particleboards (PBs)
• Medium density fiberboards (MDFs), including thin-MDFs
• Laminate products within the meaning of HWPW

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