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New regulations on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products are in force as of Jan 7, 2023

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently informed those who manufacture, import, sell or offer for sale, composite wood products containing formaldehyde that the Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations (CANFER) came into force on January 7, 2023. CANFER prohibits the sale, offer for sale or import of composite wood products that release formaldehyde at levels that exceed the regulatory emission limits.

Westcoast Moulding composite wood products are compliant with all relevant regulations and safe for use. Additionally, we carry Eco-Friendly zero-added urea formaldehyde solutions. All wood products available through Westcoast Moulding are TSCA Title VI compliant and all products subject to CANFER are compliant with all requirements including emission testing, certification, labelling and record keeping.

The primary objective of the Regulations is to reduce potential risks to the health of Canadians from exposure to formaldehyde by putting in place limits on allowable formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. The secondary objective of the Regulations is to align Canadian requirements for composite wood products with similar requirements in the U.S. to help create a level playing field for Canadian businesses and importers associated with compliance across multiple regulatory regimes. Canadian composite wood manufacturers are already meeting the U.S. formaldehyde emission requirements and requiring imported products to meet these same limits will remove any competitive advantage imports may gain by using cheaper, higher-emitting resins in their products.

Read about Westcoast Moulding Eco-Friendly options here and if you have any questions or concerns regarding the safety of composite wood products available through Westcoast Moulding, please contact us by email or call our sales office at 604.513.1138.

Click here to view CANFER Regulations


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