Furniture: Formaldehyde

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th May 2018.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Labour, Brentford and Isleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) enforcement and (b) effectiveness of the published acceptable limits for formaldehyde both within and released from MDF wood used in furniture.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Six sites in the UK are engaged in the manufacture of particleboard and fibreboard. These sites are all currently compliant with the formaldehyde release limits set out in current published UK guidance. Following the publication in November 2015 of new EU guidance and emission limits under the EU Industrial Emission Directive, UK regulators are currently working with industry to ensure that their environmental permits are all reviewed and updated by the implementation deadline of 20 November 2019.

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