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Comparison of International Composite Board Emission Standards

 

Various International Composite Board Emission Standards Products Test Method Formaldehyde Emission Limits Approximate E1333 Equivalent Emission Compare to CARB-P1 Emission Compare to CARB-P2
CARB-P1 HWPW
PB
MDF
ASTM E1333
ASTM E1333
ASTM E1333
0.08 ppm
0.18 ppm
0.21 ppm
0.08 ppm
0.18 ppm
0.21 ppm
   
CARB-P2 HWPW
PB
MDF
ASTM E1333
ASTM E1333
ASTM E1333
0.05 ppm
0.09 ppm
0.11 ppm
0.05 ppm
0.09 ppm
0.11 ppm
   
ANSI A208.1, A208.2 PW
PB
MDF
ASTM E1333
ASTM E1333
ASTM E1333
0.2 ppm
0.3 ppm
0.3 ppm
0.20 ppm
0.30 ppm
0.30 ppm
150%
67%
43%
300%
233%
173%
E2 PW
PB
MDF
EN 120
EN 120
EN 120
30 mg/100 g
30 mg/100 g
30 mg/100 g
0.38 ppm
0.38 ppm
0.38 ppm
375%
111%
81%
660%
322%
245%
F** / E1 HWPW
PB
MDF
EN 717-1
EN 717-1
EN 120
0.12 mg/m³
0.12 mg/m³
8 mg/100 g
0.14 ppm
0.14 ppm
0.10 ppm
75%
-22%
-52%
180%
56%
-9%
F*** / E0 HWPW
PB
MDF
JIS A-1460
JIS A-1460
JIS A-1460
0.5 mg/L
0.5 mg/L
0.5 mg/L
0.07 ppm
0.07 ppm
0.07 ppm
-13%
-61%
-67%
40%
-22%
-36%
F**** / SE0 HWPW
PB
MDF
JIS A-1460
JIS A-1460
JIS A-1460
0.3 mg/L
0.3 mg/L
0.3 mg/L
0.04 ppm
0.04 ppm
0.04 ppm
-50%
-78%
-81%
-20%
-56%
-64%

 

Definitions:

Standards

CARB-P1: - California Air Resources Board Phase 1 emission standard (Allow sell-through date for PB & MDF is unitil Dec 31, 2011)

CARB-P2: - California Air Resources Board Phase 2 emission standard (Enforcement date for PB & MDF is Jan 01, 2012)

ANSI A208.1 & 2 : - North America voluntary standards ANSI A208.1-2009 Particleboard & ANSI A208.2-2009 MDF (include most of industrial particle boards and MDF)

E2: - European E2 emission standard (Most import products from Asia are E2 or worse)

E1: - European E1 emission standard

E0: - European E0 emission standard

SE0: - European Super E0 emission standard

F**: - Japanese F-Star2 emission standard

F***: - Japanese F-Star3 emission standard

F****: - Japanese F-Star4 emission standard

JIS: - Japanese Industrial Standard

Products

HWPW: - Hardwood / Plywood

PW: - Industrial plywood

PB: - Particleboard

MDF: - Medium density fiberboard

Units

ppm: - Parts per million

 

Sources:

 - (CARB) California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board

 - (EOTA) European Organisation for Technical Approvals

 - (INIVE) International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy (a registered European Economic Interest Grouping)

 - (CPA) Composite Panel Association (a North American composite panel industry association)

 - General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China

 - Panolam Industries (a melamine panel manufacturer)

 - Fraunhofer-Institute for Wood Research

 - Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia

 - Franklin Adhesives & Polymers

 - Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany

 - Oregon Wood Innovation Center

 - Building Research Institute, Poland

 - Athanassiadou, Tsiantzi and Markessini paper on Producing Panels with Formaldehyde Emission at Wood Levels