HIGH POINT, NC – The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) said it is formulating a compliance strategy to help manufacturers meet the strict requirements in California’s new formaldehyde emissions regulation.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has described home furnishings containing formaldehyde as a “major source” of indoor air pollution. As part of its enforcement strategy, CARB initially proposed a testing requirement for finished products, forcing all manufacturers to test and label products before they go to market. Reportedly, AHFA opposed this part of the measure and succeeded in having it removed from the final regulation.

“It is unclear how overseas labs will receive CARB approval and how CARB will monitor their record-keeping,” said Bill Perdue, AHFA’s vice president of environmental management, health and safety. “AHFA is focusing its efforts on helping furniture manufacturers bridge this gap by identifying a protocol for ensuring their board suppliers are meeting the certification and labeling requirement.”

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