In April 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency, voted to implement new limits for formaldehyde emitted from composite wood panels. The first phase, known as CARB Phase 1, was implemented in January 1, 2009. The final phase was set in place in 2012, the regulation established the toughest production standard in the world for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood panels. California’s environmental protection regulations are among the most stringent and rapidly evolving in the nation.
The 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 new requirements set upper limits on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products sold in California or used to make finished goods offered for sale in California. The first phase of the regulation, known as CARB Phase 1, took effect on January 1, 2009.
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KCMA sponsors the nationally recognized voluntary testing and certification program for cabinets, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/KCMA A161.1, Performance & Construction Standard for Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets. The program is referenced by U.S. government agencies, architects, builders, remodelers and other specifiers. Cabinets that comply and bear the KCMA certification seal are recognized in the marketplace as a quality product able to perform after a rigorous battery of tests simulating years of typical household use.
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Certification Program assures the specifier or user of kitchen cabinets and bath vanities that the cabinet bearing the blue and white seal complies with the rigorous standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and sponsored by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). Further, the cabinet is an exact duplicate of samples that have been independently tested for conformance to ANSI/KCMA A161.1-2000. To find out more about KCMA Certification, visit their website at www.kcma.org
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