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Where new regulations are introduced to ensure the safety of products, SGS is quick to develop services that help clients meet the expected standards and get products to the market as quickly and smoothly as possible.

For organizations wanting to trade in composite wood products in the US, we offer a range of services to help them achieve California Air Resource Board (CARB) ATCM Certification.

CARB introduced regulation of composite wood products in 2007, after discovering that these products were one of the major sources of exposure to formaldehyde, which is classified as a toxic air contaminant. On April 18, 2008, the ATCM to control formaldehyde emissions was approved by the office of Administrative Law, which impacts the whole supply chain, including fabricators, distributors, importers and retailers, and focuses on:

  • Hardwood plywood (HWPW)
  • Particleboard (PB) 
  • Medium density fiberboard (MDF) 
  • Furniture and other finished products made with composite wood products

Our CARB certification services help you make sense of the regulations and achieve compliance by reducing formaldehyde in your products. They comprise:

  • Full certification programs including composite wood products testing, factory inspection, factory quality control certification
  • Training programs for your staff and suppliers
  • Technical assistance for CARB compliance

We tailor our approach according to the specific needs of your business, whether you need full certification or are developing an in-house CARB compliance program to assist with quality control of your products. Our expert consultants can advise which services are most suitable for your business.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. With an international reputation for helping clients to achieve regulatory compliance, there is no better partner to help ensure your composite wood products can be released into US markets safely, legally and as quickly as possible to give them a competitive edge.

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