Forward Regulatory Plan 2023-2025: Regulations Amending the Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999


Health Canada proposes to amend the Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations to clarify the requirements for quality control testing and Declaration of Certification. Health Canada may also make other minor amendments as needed to improve clarity.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This regulatory initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.

Potential impacts on people in Canada, including businesses

It is anticipated that the proposed amendments would reduce administrative burden on industry.


Health Canada is holding discussions with key stakeholders to further clarify the administrative burden of the record-keeping provisions and options for addressing it.

Health Canada pre-published the proposed changes in the Canada Gazette, Part I on June 17, 2023, with a 75-day comment period.

Health Canada plans to publish the amended regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II in fall 2024.

Further information

Related information can be found on Health Canada formaldehyde web page.

Additional information can be requested from the departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

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

Telephone number: 613-266-3591

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

February 2022

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