AB 2276 Air Cleaner Regulation

This page last reviewed July 23, 2013


Air Cleaner Regulation Information for Manufacturers and Distributors

ARB's air cleaner regulation to limit the amount of ozone produced from indoor air cleaning devices became final on October 18, 2008. Additionally, several amendments to the regulation received final State approval on September 10, 2010. Manufacturers have three compliance dates to meet:

  • First, by October 18, 2009, manufacturers were required to notify their distributors, retailers, and sellers about the regulation and provide copies of the final regulation to them, and to provide documentation to the ARB that this has been accomplished.
  • Second, all air cleaner models marketed or sold in California after October 18, 2010 must first be tested and certified as required by the regulation. This includes air cleaners sold via the Internet.
  • As of October 18, 2011, all packaging must show the required label indicating certification. This label can be an adhesive sticker, rather than printed on the package, until October 1, 2012.
  • Beginning October 1, 2012, all packaging must show the required label printed on the package.

Manufacturers and distributors of air cleaning devices are responsible for becoming familiar with the regulation and meeting its requirements and compliance dates. This web page provides links to materials and information needed to comply with the regulation.


AIR CLEANER REGULATION


The Air Cleaner Regulation and related information is available at the following links:


Questions about the regulation and the amendments may be directed to Ms. Peggy Jenkins at 916-323-1504. To receive email updates about the regulation and amendments, please see "How to Stay Updated" at the end of this web page, below.


KOREAN AND CHINESE TRANSLATIONS


The original air cleaner regulation, the associated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, and some other documents are provided at the link below in Korean and Chinese (simplified and traditional) translations. Note that the amended regulation and the revised FAQ document will be translated in the near future and the translations will be available at the web page below.


INSTRUCTIONS TO MANUFACTURERS FOR NOTIFYING DISTRIBUTORS, RETAILERS, AND SELLERS - October 18, 2009 Deadline and Ongoing


As mentioned above, manufacturers are required to notify their distributors, retailers, and sellers about the regulation, and to provide a copy of the regulation to them. Both the notification and the submittal of documentation to the ARB were required to be completed by October 18, 2009 and must be updated periodically as new distributors, retailers, and sellers are notified. Detailed instructions for submittal of the documentation, an updated Sample Notification Letter, a cover form that should accompany the documentation submittal, and a link to the Final Regulation Order (to accompany notification letters) are provided below.

Questions about the notification requirement can be directed to Susan Lum at (916) 323-5043.


REVISED INSTRUCTIONS FOR TESTING AND CERTIFICATION OF AIR CLEANERS -
October 18, 2010 Deadline and Ongoing


The instructions for having air cleaner models tested and certified and the certification application form have been revised. Please use the latest application form provided at:

Information on the ozone emissions test method and clarifications to the method published by UL are available at the following links:

Please email your application and materials to both Michael Gabor and Victor Mendiola. Questions regarding the certification application and instructions should be directed to Michael Gabor at 916-323-2190.


INSTRUCTIONS ON LABELING AND MARKING OF AIR CLEANING DEVICES


Amendments to the regulation were approved that allowed package labeling requirements to be met by October 18, 2011, and use of adhesive labels (rather than printing on the package) until October 1, 2012. Labels must meet the specifications indicated in Section 94806 of the regulation. Labels for non-medical air cleaning devices must be "at least 1 inch by 2 inches in size, easily readable, and shall state 'This air cleaner complies with the federal ozone emissions limit. ARB certified' in bold type whose uppercase letters are not less than 3 mm high. Labels for medical devices shall be in compliance with federal law, including Section 801.415 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations" and shall also state "ARB certified."

A sample label for non-medical devices that meets the regulation requirements is provided at the link below.


As of October 18, 2010, all air cleaners must also bear the listing mark or certification mark for ANSI/UL Standard 867, 507, or other appropriate standard as specified in the regulation, consistent with the requirements of the appropriate authorizing Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory.


HOW TO STAY UPDATED


The ARB encourages those interested in this regulation to join the Air Cleaner Regulation Listserv, in order to receive email notification of all notices given and actions taken related to the implementation of this regulation. If you have questions that are not answered in the web updates or other information provided here, please email Michael Gabor or call him at (916) 323-2190.

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