Canada | The final Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations and the final Directive Concerning Testing for Formaldehyde Emissions were published


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In 2001, Environment Canada and Health Canada completed a risk assessment for formaldehyde and concluded that it was harmful to human health and the environment under CEPA 1999. Formaldehyde was added to the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 of CEPA 1999. Current controls focus on reducing formaldehyde emissions to outdoor air. These include:

Formaldehyde is also a concern for indoor air which requires a different risk management approach. In 2006, Health Canada developed residential indoor air quality guidelines for formaldehyde. Furthermore, the manufacture, importation, advertisement or sale of urea formaldehyde-based thermal insulation, which is foamed in place and used to insulate buildings, is prohibited under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). In addition, a voluntary standard was established by the Canadian Standards Association in 2016 to harmonize with the limits that were established by the State of California.

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