The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, has launched a pilot program to assess the competence of certification bodies in relation to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Final Rule on Formaldehyde Testing on Composite Wood Products. ANSI is accepting applications for this new programthrough Friday, June 1, 2018.
On February 7, 2018, the EPA published this final rule, revising the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products regulations. The revision updates the incorporation by reference of multiple voluntary consensus standards that have been updated, superseded, or withdrawn, and provides a technical correction to allow panel producers to correlate their approved quality control test method to ASTM E1333-14, Standard Test Method for Determining Formaldehyde Concentrations in Air and Emission Rates from Wood Products Using a Large Chamber, or, upon showing equivalence, to ASTM D6007-14, Standard Test Method for Determining Formaldehyde Concentrations in Air from Wood Products Using a Small-Scale Chamber.
See the Federal Register notice announcing the EPA Final Rule on Formaldehyde Testing on Composite Wood Products.
ANSI is one of four accreditation bodies (ABs) recognized by the EPA to provide accreditation services under the final rule, which is intended to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emissions from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. The rule includes formaldehyde emission standards applicable to hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard - and finished goods containing these products - that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured (including imported) in the United States.
Certification bodies (CBs) seeking accreditation by ANSI under the EPA Final Rule on Formaldehyde Testing on Composite Wood Products will be required to comply with the applicable requirements and processes contained in the EPA's Rules; with ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services; and with ANSI Policy PRO-PL-102, Manual of Operations for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs. Upon successful assessment of competence in accordance with these requirements, ANSI will grant a CB accreditation of its process.
To learn more about the program and information on accreditation requirements, fees, and the application process, please contact Reinaldo Figueiredo (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-331-3611), or Nikki Jackson (email@example.com; 202-331-3611).
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