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Germany(German version)

The EMICODE® is a label for showing low VOC emissions into indoor air from adhesives, sealants, parquet varnishes and other construction products. The EMICODE is administered by GEV. Achievable classes are:

  • EMICODE® EC 1 PLUS - very low emissions PLUS
  • EMICODE® EC 1 - very low emissions
  • EMICODE® EC 2 - low emissions
  • Always to be supplemented by the letter "R", if regulatory requirements exist for safe handling and installing of the product, such as 2-component products and other reactive products.

Criteria and limit values

The EMICODE criteria and limit values are the same for all product groups, except parquet varnishes where slightly different limit values apply. Below listed products can be labelled with an EMICODE®:

  • Adhesives for flooring installation, solvent-free
  • Screeds, solvent-free
  • Related primers, solvent-free
  • Underlays
  • Joint sealants, solvent-free
  • Sealings, foam, foils and tapes
  • Parquet varnishes, water-based and low VOC

Limit values refer to testing in a VOC emission chamber after 3 days and after 28 days, simulating the European Reference Room (12 m² surface, 2.5 m high, 1/2 air change per hour, 23°C, 50% relative humidity in supply air).

Solvent content

Any EMICODE labelled product must contain less than 0.5% m/m solvents, where solvent is defined as VOC with boiling point of max. 200 °C.

The only exception is for parquet coatings which may contain up to 5% m/m VOC content (VOC as defined in EU Decopaint Directive).

There are also other limitations on content. For details, please see the general classification criteria, and the classification criteria for parquet coatings, to be downloaded from the Webpage www.emicode.com.

Market share and more information

In Germany, EMICODE EC 1 adhesives cover some 80-90% market share of all flooring installation adhesives. Also in several other countries the EMICODE EC 1 is regarded as a label for low VOC emissions with high reputation. EMICODE EC1 and/or E1PLUS are regarded as great part of proof of compliance with the low-emitting credits of LEED, DGNB and of BREEAM Norway. You can see at the Webpage www.emicode.com:

  • Relevant GEV documents (specifications, testing method).
  • List of members of GEV.
  • Testing laboratories.

There are no license fees, but the holder of a license has to be member of GEV. The annual membership fee depends on the number of licenses (typically some thousands EUR).

Eurofins Product Testing A/S is the reference laboratory in case of dispute and performs the majority of EMICODE tests for German adhesives industry. Eurofins contributes to development of EMICODE testing standards as guest of Technical Council of GEV.

Comparison with Blue Angel, AgBB and Section 01350

A comparison between EMICODE - Blue Angel - AgBB/DIBt - CDPH Section 01350 (2010) is available in English and in German.

A comparison between EMICODE - Blue Angel - AgBB/DIBt - CDPH Section 01350 is available in English and in German.

Eurofins services

Eurofins offers documentation of compliance with EMICODE specifications on emissions of VOC and aldehydes by independent testing.

Please note that you have to fulfill also other requirements than low VOC emissions for using the EMICODE, such as avoidance of certain chemicals and low solvent content. And several products will need to be labeled as EC x R for indicating that regulations for workers protection will apply. You cannot read these from a VOC emissions test report alone. For details please see GEV classification criteria on the the Webpage www.emicode.com.

With each testing request we kindly ask you to submit the GEV product category as in the list available on the the Webpage www.emicode.com. Then we can apply the appropriate test to your products.

Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories

Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan:



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Updated by: ROP
Last updated: 16 March 2016