Regulatory Initiative: Regulations for Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products - Forward Regulatory Plan 2018-2020

Title or working title of the regulatory initiative

Regulations for Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products

Description of the objective

The proposed regulations would address the adverse health impacts of formaldehyde in indoor air by regulating formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products manufactured, used, processed, sold, offered for sale, or imported in Canada.

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Notice of Intent was published on March 18, 2017 in the Canada Gazette, Part I, followed by a 60 day public comment period.

A consultation document was published on the CEPA Environmental Registry on July 31, 2017 followed by a public comment period that ended on September 1, 2017.  

A multi-stakeholder workshop was held on September 6, 2017, which was preceded by an online pre-consultation engagement.

Canadians will have the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I public comment period, which is anticipated to take place in fall 2018 and last 75 days.

Departmental contact

Andrew Beck
Risk Management Bureau
Safe Environments Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada

Telephone number: 613-948-2585
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