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Composite Panel Group Seeks Particleboard, MDF Stakeholders for ANSI Review


March 16, 2021 | Bill Esler

News Release

Leesburg, VA – The Composite Panel Association is seeking companies interested in participating on the stakeholder consensus voting body for revisions in ANSI standards for Particleboard (above) and for MDF. 

List of common use of particleboard

CPA is the accredited standards developer for ANSI A208.1 Particleboard and ANSI A208.2 Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) for Interior Applications. These standards were last approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 2016 and must be revised or reaffirmed on a five-year cycle, or more frequently, if appropriate.

On March 8, 2021, CPA filed an ANSI Project Initiation Notification System form announcing, through the accrediting body’s Standards Action publication, the intention to sponsor a revision of these standards and to seek interested stakeholders to participate in the process. ANSI’s procedures for developing consensus standards require a balanced group of producers, users and general interest organizations to participate in the process. 

The current ANSI A208.2-2016 Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) for Interior Applications sets forth requirements and test methods for dimensional tolerances, physical and mechanical properties and formaldehyde emissions for medium density fiberboard (MDF). ANSI A208.1 sets forth requirements and test methods for dimensional tolerances, physical and mechanical properties and formaldehyde emissions for particleboard. Methods of identifying products conforming to the two standards are specified. 

Companies interested in participating on the stakeholder consensus voting body should contact CPA by April 16. E-mail Gary Heroux for more information.


The Composite Panel Association (CPA), founded in 1960, represents the North American composite panel industry on technical, regulatory, quality assurance and product acceptance issues. CPA General Members include 30 of the leading manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fiberboard and hardboard. Together they represent more than 92% of the total manufacturing capacity in US, Canada and Mexico.

CPA also brings together the complete value chain affiliated with the composite panel industry. CPA’s members are committed to product advancement and industry competitiveness. Associate Members include manufacturers of decorative surfaces, furniture, cabinets, and doors and mouldings, as well as laminators, distributors and equipment suppliers. 

CPA is a vital resource for both producers and users of industry products. As an accredited standards developer, CPA writes and publishes industry product standards. It also participates in the standards development work of ANSI, ASTM and others, sponsors product acceptance activities and works with government agencies and model building code bodies.

CPA also conducts product testing and third-party certification programs, including the Eco-Certified Composite™ (ECC) Standard – a voluntary industry standard developed by CPA for composite wood panels made with particleboard, MDF, hardboard, and engineered wood siding and trim. 

Outreach and education are also focal points of the CPA. The Association publishes industry performance data, produces a series of technical bulletins and develops publications to inform key audiences about the attributes of industry products.


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