Published on: 29/08/2017
MoU between EA and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation
To support the program of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) regarding the testing of level of formaldehyde in wood product, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between EA and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
The final rule 40 CFR Part 770 of the US EPA on Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products establishes an Third-Party Certification Program to ensure that composite wood panel producers comply with the statutory formaldehyde emission limits.
Accreditation Bodies interested in participating in this Program and not located in the United States must designate an Agent for service in the United States in their application to US EPA to enter into a recognition agreement with the Agency to become an “EPA TSCA Title VI AB”. With this Memorandum of Understanding, A2LA has agreed to be the “Agent” for EA members.
More information about A2LA:
The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is an internationally-recognized accreditation body that offers a full range of comprehensive laboratory and laboratory-related accreditation services and training, that inspire confidence in the quality of services and acceptance of results from accredited organizations. Its services are available to any type of organization, be it private or government. In addition to the accreditation of laboratories, A2LA offers programs for the accreditation of inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers and product certification bodies.