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Eurofins Services - VOC emission chamber testing

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Most people in Europe spend more than 90% of her time indoors. Many factors influence quality of indoor air, among those the emissions of volatile chemicals into indoor air by e.g. wall paints, floor coverings, adhesives, textiles and furniture.

In worst cases this may lead to bad odour, headache, and irritation of eyes, nose and skin. Good indoor air quality can contribute to well-being and the safe feeling of not being exposed to chemical hazards.

Composition of a product does not allow conclusions on emissions; chamber tests under realistic conditions are the method of choice.

VOC Emissions testing and product quality:

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VOC emissions tests enable manufacturers to handle the increasing demand of healthy and sustainable products - a.o. this means that products have low or even positive impact on indoor air quality. Compliance with legal requirements and with voluntary quality and ecolabels allow to distinguish low emission products from normal products and to position these on the market accordingly. Examples are German AgBB specification, used for DIBt regulation of floor coverings, GUT and EMICODE, Blue Angel, Austrian ecolabel, and specifications on sustainable buildings, e.g. LEED.

Examples of labels with low VOC emission criteria:

Name

Products

Countries

Regulations on VOC and AFSSET guideline

Construction products and decorative products

France

AgBB (DIBT)

Construction products and decorative products

Germany

M1

Construction products and decorative products

Finland

Danish Indoor Climate Label DICL

Construction products and decorative products

Denmark

GUT

Textile Flooring

Europe

EMICODE

Adhesives, levellers, sealants, parquet coatings

Europe

Blue Angel

Construction products and decorative products, furniture, mattresses etc.

Germany

Section 01350

Construction products and decorative products, furniture etc.
- method often used for LEED purposes

USA

BIFMA

Office Furniture

USA

FloorScore

Resilient floor coverings

USA

Indoor Air Comfort

Eurofins certification

Europe

Indoor Advantage

SCS certification

USA

Information

You can see more information on labels and specifications with low VOC emissions on our website "Ecolabels and quality labels".

For further information you may download these small PDF files:

Eurofins offers:

Eurofins offers emission testing in accordance with European, US American and international testing standards. Eurofins has been approved or is accepted for testing by numerous labels and regulations, see an overview here.

Besides chamber testing, Eurofins offers also simpler testing, in use mainly for pre-testing and for production control.

Some examples of tested parameters:

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC),
  • Formaldehyde, diisocyanates and many more chemical compounds,
  • Odour.

Some examples of tested products:

  • Construction and interior finishing products
    (floor coverings, paints and varnishes, adhesives, plates, insulation material,
    sealants, ...)
  • Furniture, mattresses
  • Consumer products
  • Air fresheners, cosmetics
  • Industrial products

Further information:

Please see more detailed information on our special website: www.product-testing.eurofins.com, or contact us by email to:

ProductTesting-UK@eurofins.com

Your direct contacts:

Sales and consulting: email ReinhardOppl@eurofins.com

Certification: email ccs@eurofins.com

Testing laboratory: email product-emissions@eurofins.dk

Eurofins Product Testing A/S

Smedeskovvej 38

8464 Galten

Denmark