Intertek is a leading independent third-party testing and inspection services provider and a CARB approved Third Party Certifier (TPC) qualified to perform an extensive range of services including:
- Formaldehyde emission testing on wood panel and finished goods
- Establishing Quality Control Limits
- Qualifying factory personnel
- Review of quality control manuals
- Factory Audits
- Labeling review for manufacturers and fabricators
On April 26, 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved an Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) which aims at reducing formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products.
The ATCM places different roles and obligations to panel manufacturers, distributors, importers, fabricators, as well as retailers.
The ATCM regulation consists of two phases of emission standards (see table 1 below), and requires good documentation control on the production quality management and formaldehyde emission standard compliance. To ensure compliance with the ATCM, panel manufacturers must be "third party certified" using a third party certifier (TPC) such as Intertek approved by the CARB. This involves independent emission testing of panels and factory audit of the manufacturing processes for manufacturers that sell or supply products to California.
Finished goods manufactured before the phase 1 and 2 effective dates containing HWPW-VC, HWPWCC, PB, MDF, or thin MDF may be sold, supplied, offered for sale for specified periods after the effective dates.
The ATCM will be enforced by the CARB or local air district personnel. Enforcement activities include facility inspections, auditing of records, and securing samples for compliance testing.
To ensure compliance with the ATCM, panel manufacturers must be "third party certified" using a third party certifier (TPC) such as Intertek approved by the CARB. The certification process includes initial plant and quarterly plant audits.