Malaysia Proposes to Regulate Formaldehyde Emissions from Wood-Based Panel Products
Malaysia has informed the WTO of its intention to restrict formaldehyde emissions from wood-based panel products. The proposed date of adoption is January 2020.
SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 138/19
On September 20, 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a proposal from Malaysia announcing its intention to regulate formaldehyde emissions from wood-based panel products under the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (Incorporation) Act 1973 (Act 105).
- Particleboards/chipboards (HS Code 44.10)
- Fiberboards (HS Code 44.11)
- Plywood (HS Code 44.12)
The draft technical regulation contains, inter alia, several important provisions:
- Requiring formaldehyde emissions to be carried out by a laboratory accredited by a National Accreditation Agency that is a member of Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) or International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)
- Requiring manufacturers and suppliers of regulated products to submit a test report issued under Regulation 5 as determined by the Board
- Requiring importers of regulated products to submit a test report under Regulation 5 and other documentation as prescribed by the Board for an import license
According to the WTO document, there are two proposed dates in the draft technical regulation:
- January 2, 2020 for the date of adoption
- July 1, 2020 for the date of entry into force
Highlights of formaldehyde emission requirements are summarized in Table 1.
|WTO Document number 19-6067, September 20, 2019
Malaysian Timber Industry (Incorporation) Act 1973 (Act 195)
Draft Wood Industrial Regulation (Formaldehyde Emission Levels from Wood-Based Panel Products) 2019
|Formaldehyde Emission Class|
|Formaldehyde emission level
MS 1787-Part 15
MS 1787-Part 14
||MS 228 (Plywood)
MS 1912 (Fiberboard)
MS 1036 (Particleboard/Chip board)
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