AHFA revises 2017 Regulatory Summit agenda

August 2017—

The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) has revised its 2017 Regulatory Summit agenda to address questions concerning the new Formaldehyde Emission Standard for Composite Wood Products, as well as increasing concern over recent and coming changes in California’s Proposition 65 labeling requirements.

AHFA has added a session on the formaldehyde regulation to the October 25 Regulatory Summit agenda and invited the Environmental Protection Agency’s Erik Winchester back to provide further clarity on the rule. Winchester is branch chief for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention – the arm of the agency that is responsible for implementing the formaldehyde regulation. Winchester headlined a day-long workshop on the regulation sponsored by AHFA in January.

To address confusion over new Proposition 65 labeling requirements, AHFA has pulled the session on this topic from the October summit agenda and, instead, scheduled a series of three webinars in August to tackle the complex questions in more detail. Registration details for the three webinars, slated August 16, 23 and 30, are posted on the AHFA website, www.ahfa.us.

The Regulatory Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 25 at The Conference Center at Guilford Technical Community College. Special guest speakers include Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Joseph Mohorovic, CPSC commissioner.

The EPA has begun addressing several problematic provisions in the federal formaldehyde standard that was finalized in December 2016. The formal process for amending the final regulation to address these issues has caused confusion and raised new questions.

“Although we just covered the formaldehyde regulation in great detail in January, it has become apparent that an update is necessary this fall,” says Bill Perdue, AHFA vice president of regulatory affairs. “We are fortunate to have gained a second audience for the residential furniture industry with Mr. Winchester.”

AHFA’s Regulatory Summit is open to all manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers whose regulatory compliance efforts rely on accurate, up-to-date guidance and authoritative answers to industry-specific questions. The October 25 event will conclude with a 5:30 to 6 p.m. reception giving attendees the opportunity to meet Commissioners Buerkle and Mohorovic.

Registration is $99 for AHFA members and $299 for non-members. Included in the registration are a light breakfast and lunch. The Conference Center at GTCC is located on Highway 68, less than 7 miles from Piedmont Triad International Airport and minutes off Interstate 40. Complete program details are available at www.ahfa.us/events.