CARB Compliance

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. It is an environmental state-funded group that works to attain healthy air quality and protect the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants. Their scope includes motor vehicles, fuels, and consumer products. CARB establishes air quality standards and monitors air quality.

In April 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), voted to implement new limits for formaldehyde emitted from composite wood products. These new limits will be implemented in two phases, starting January 1, 2009. When the final limits are fully in place in 2012, the regulation will establish the toughest production standard in the world for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. This California regulation governs the formaldehyde in both raw composite wood panels and finished products sold or used in California. Both imported and domestic products are regulated and must be third-party certified and clearly labeled to indicate they meet California’s requirements.

The regulation applies to hardwood plywood, particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and all products (furniture, cabinets, flooring, store fixtures, millwork, countertops, doors, etc.) made with those products.

The CARB measure focuses on Formaldehyde, which is an organic compound that exists naturally in food, the environment, and our bodies. Formaldehyde is a common ingredient found in adhesives used in composite wood products, as it cross-links with other ingredients to form a strong bond.

Indiana Furniture products meet the Phase II limits. Invoices and product labels from Indiana include a statement of compliance. For additional information.

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