CARB Air Toxic Control Measure

On Jan. 1, 2009, the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, implemented regulations on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products sold or used in finished goods in California. All particleboard, medium density fiberboard, thin MDF, hardwood plywood with a veneer core, and hardwood plywood with a composite core are now regulated under the “CARB rule.”

This mandate requires cabinet manufacturers and other fabricators to use materials only from manufacturers certified by a CARB-approved third-party certifier and to provide documentation of that use.

The Composite Panel Association, or CPA, was designated by the CARB as the first third-party certifier of the emission regulations. Visit the CPA’s educational website for more information on the regulations and certification process.

CARB Criteria

According to the CPA, fabricators or companies such as Timberlake, which manufacture products made with composite wood panels for the California market, must adhere to these specific CARB mandates:

  • Use composites that comply with the emission and certification requirements of the rule
  • Label every product or product box with a stamp, tag, sticker or bar code that includes the fabricator’s name, product date and compliance standard
  • Keep records for at least two years showing the dates of composite purchases and to whom finished products were sold
  • Include a compliance statement on bills of lading or invoices as a record of the sale of compliant products

Timberlake Cabinetry purchases composite wood products from only CARB-certified suppliers.