FEMB sustainability standard and "level" certification
FEMB issued a standard for specifying "Sustainability requirements for office and non‐domestic furniture for indoor use". It was launched in October 2014 and coordinated with the respective US standars, issued by BIFMA.
The FEMB Sustainability standard (2014) will be used for a third-party sustainability certification called "level®". Products can be awarded a level 1, level 2 or level 3 compliance mark based on the combined score achieved in their sustainability evaluation. Level 3 is the highest award a product can achieve.
Low emissions is just one out of many criteria in the sustainability standard.
For formaldehyde, minimum is compliance of the used wood-based panels with the E1 class as specified in EN 13986; more points can be earned if the emissions correspond to 50% of E1, CARB phase 2 or Japanese class F****.
The new FEMB standard does not invent new requirements for low VOC and formaldehyde emissions. Instead, it requires that the emissions-related specifications of any of a list with well-established environmental marks are fulfilled:
- German Blue Angel RAL UZ 38 or 117; or
- ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 sections 7.6.1 and 7.6.2
- This can be proven by any equivalent program. Indoor Air Comfort GOLD is one of the listed examples.
The standard was published in October 2014.
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Eurofins offers documentation of compliance with the above specifications on emissions of VOC and formaldehyde by independent testing in line with Blue Angel, BIFMA, or E1 (EN 717-1) testing, or with its Indoor Air Comfort GOLD certification program.
Eurofins proposes to contact SCS in California for "level" certification services.
Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories
Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan: