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SVOC Testing for the EU ecolabel

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The recent EU ecolabel criteria for paints and varnishes (2014/312/EU) requires declaration or testing of the SVOC content (semi-volatile organic compounds), on top of the VOC content (volatile organic compounds). Unfortunately there was some confusion about how to test, because the referenced standard ISO 11890-2 as such does not support SVOC testing. This resulted in a revision of the EU ecolabel criteria document (EU) 2015/886. 

Industry working groups in France and in Germany tried to solve the resulting challenges. Based on that dialogue, the European Paint Industry Association CEPE published a guidance paper on how SVOCs could be tested by expanding the scope of ISO 11890-2. This can be downloaded from CEPE homepage, or with a direct download link.

The updated User Manual (version 1.2) of the EU ecolabel for paints and varnishes contains a more stringent guidance on SVOC testing. ISO/TC 35 WG1 works on an amendment or revision of ISO 11890-2. There were several analytical challenges. A finally revised ISO 11890-2 standard can be expected in 2018. Until then, the testing labs should follow the above mentioned guidance.

Eurofins Services

The VOC testing lab of Eurofins Product Testing A/S in Denmark is ISO 17025 accredited for ISO 11890-2 testing. The most recent progress of standardization work at ISO will be taken on board continuously. This ensures that test results of Eurofins sill be valid also in the future.

Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories

Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.