Join our live webinar on March 22 to learn about US Formaldehyde Requirements to market compliant composite wood products.


March 21, 2018


March 21, 2018



The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation/15-minute Q&A) is to facilitate the compliance journey for formaldehyde emission in composite wood products for the US market. The webinar addresses the following main topics:

  • Scope of composite wood products and their requirements & Third-Party Certification Programs for panel manufacturers
  • Obligations for economic operators
  • The relationship between ‘the Act’ and Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood under the California Air Resources Board (CARB)


  • Major provisions in the US EPA final rule implementing measures for formaldehyde standards in composite wood products
  • Incentives for products manufactured from ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde resins (ULEF) and no added-formaldehyde (NAF) based resins
  • Obligations for manufacturers, fabricators, importers, distributors and retailers
  • Q&A


Signed by the US President in July 2010 and implemented by the US EPA in December 2016, the final rule for the Formaldehyde Emission in Composite Wood Products Act will be implemented in phases, starting December 12, 2018. It provides the basis for, among other things, formaldehyde emission standards in composite wood products, namely: hardwood plywood veneer core (HWPW-VC), hardwood plywood composite core HWPW-CC), particleboards (PBs) and medium density fiberboards (MDFs).  It is important that economic operators in the supply chain are aware of their obligations under this unique piece of legislation to ensure compliance and to meet their obligations for brand protection and sustainability.


Hing Wo Tsang - Global Information and Innovation Manager, Hardlines

Hing Wo joined SGS in 2003 as a Senior Laboratory Executive. Since joining the global platform in 2013, Hing Wo has been supporting a range of initiatives, from product compliance to regional projects. He is a member of SGS’s food contact committee and the chemical sub-group for toy safety. Prior to joining SGS, Hing Wo graduated with a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and worked on anti-HIV and anti-infective agents.

Hsin Chen (Rick) - Technical Manager, Restricted Substances

Hsin Chen joined SGS in 2017 as Technical Manager and is responsible for food contact material regulations and restricted substances including California Proposition 65, State Chemicals and REACH/SVHC. He received a Masters Degree in Chemistry from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2007. Since then, he has three years experience in the lab as a chemist running GC/MS analysis for VOC and more than six years in the retail and wholesale industry to handle product compliance and quality assurance issue. He is a current ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) member for F15 on Consumer Products and D20 on Plastics.

Target Audience

This webinar is aimed at:

  • Composite wood manufacturers (mills) for the California and US markets
  • Other economic operators in the supply chain such as fabricators, laminators, importers, distributors and retailers
  • Other professionals who wish to be educated on the topic

Language: English
Cost: No Charge

Register now!

Register here for Session 1 (Thursday March 22, 2018) >>
Speaker: HingWo Tsang
10:00, Europe Time (Paris, GMT+01:00)
9:00, GMT Time (London, GMT)
17:00, China Time (Beijing, GMT+08:00)

Register here for Session 2 (Thursday March 22, 2018) >>
Speaker: Hsin Chen (Rick)
8:00, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
11:00, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
15:00, GMT Time (London, GMT)
16:00, Europe Time (Paris, GMT+01:00)

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Pionchon
Global Marketing Manager, Hardlines
t: +33 4 42 61 64 46