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CARB Certification

What is CARB certification

The "ATCM - Airborne Toxic Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emission from Composite Wood Products" initiated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) of the United States was officially approved as a California regulation (93120) on April 18, 2008, which took effect immediately and was enforced on January 1, 2009.

Any composite wood products entering the California market must be certified by a third-party notify body recognized by CARB.

The applicable objects of this regulation include manufacturers, fabricators, distributors, importers and retailers who sell, pre-sale and supply composite wood products in the California market.

The composite wood product defined by the regulations refers to plywood (HWPW), particle board (PB) and medium density fiberboard (MDF).

To ensure compliance with CARB ATCM, the manufacturer must be certified by a third party. The third-party certification body must obtain the official approval of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to carry out CARB certification activities.

It is required to conduct independent audit and test on the plates and manufacturing process of manufacturers who sell or supply products to California.

At the same time, the test method of the laboratory performing the certification test (ASTM E1333 or ASTM D6007) must obtain the ISO 17025 qualification, and its test results can be officially recognized by California.