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National Formaldehyde Standard Published by the Environmental Protection Agency

EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing services to identify formaldehyde exposure risks from off-gassing materials to protect building occupants.

Cinnaminson, NJ – WEBWIRE

In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce people’s exposure to formaldehyde from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. Last month, the agency published its final standards for these wood products.

The final rule will be in effect as of February 10th, 2017, and includes formaldehyde emission standards applicable to hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard and particleboard as well as finished goods containing these products that are sold, supplied, offered for sale or manufactured (including imported) in the United States.

The new rule includes provisions relating to, among other things, laminated products, products made with no-added formaldehyde resins or ultra-low emitting formaldehyde resins. It also addresses testing requirements, product labeling, chain of custody documentation and other recordkeeping requirements, enforcement, import certification and product inventory sell-through provisions, including a product stockpiling prohibition.

The new formaldehyde emission standards include the following:

  • Hardwood Plywood 0.05 ppm
  • Particleboard 0.09 ppm
  • Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) 0.11 ppm
  • Thin MDF 0.13 ppm

“The published final standards should help to limit the amount formaldehyde that off-gas into the air in our homes, schools and work environments,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “This is good news for Americans, and EMSL Analytical, Inc. is ready to help companies reach these new emission standards through material and air quality testing. EMSL also offers comprehensive air quality testing for those concerned about exposure to formaldehyde and other potentially hazardous substances in the air from their indoor environments.”

To learn more about formaldehyde testing services or other material, indoor air quality and environmental services, please visit, email  or call (800) 220-3675.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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