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Construction & Building

Eurofins serves manufacturers of construction and decorative products with independent testing and certification, covering a wide variety of products and material:

  • Stone and cement
  • Insulation material
  • Wooden elements and boards, and parquet
  • Resilient (flexible) floorings, e.g. vinyl, linoleum, rubber, cork
  • Wall elements, wall coverings
  • Coatings, e.g. paints, varnishes, adhesives
  • Other construction chemicals, e.g. sealants
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Road traffic noise barriers
  • Windows and external pedestrian doorsets
  • Curtain walling
  • Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates
  • Handles and knobs
  • External blinds and shutters
  • Fixed, vertical road traffic signs

 

 

Coatings and VOC Testing

Volatile Organic Compounds

  • VOC content
  • Tests for Decopaint Directive, for LEED, and for export to the USA:
    • ISO 11890-1, -2
    • CARB 2007 SCM
    • SCAQMD rules 1113 and
    • 1168
    • SCAQMD methods 304, 303,
    • 316
    • ASTM D2369, D3960
    • EPA method 24
    • VOC emissions
    • Test for European regulations:
    • French VOC classes “Loi
    • Grenelle”, ISO 16000
    • AgBB
    • CEN TC 351 WG2
  • Tests for voluntary low VOC labels / ratings and for LEED 2012:
    • CDPH method “Section
    • 01350”
    • Blue Angel
    • EMICODE
    • Finnish M1 label
    • Danish Indoor Climate Label
    • AFSSET guideline
  • Pre-tests:
    • Microchamber
    • ISO 17895 in-can VOCs

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Chemical Regulations

  • REACH
    • Toxicological evaluation
    • Safety Data Sheets
    • SVHC testing
    • Safety gloves testing
    • Danish MAL code
  • Printing inks for packaging
    • Photo initiators in UV curing
    • inks e.g. 21 compounds incl.
    • benzophenone
    • Global migration
    • Specific migration
    • Content

Coatings

  • Performance tests
    • Hiding power, ISO 6504, ISO
    • 2814
    • Drying, ISO 9117
    • Wet-scrub resistance, ISO
    • 11998
    • Abrasion, ISO 7784
    • Impact resistance, ISO 6272
    • Adhesion, ISO 4624
    • Cross-cut test, ISO 2409
    • Artificial weathering, ISO
    • 11341
  • Physico-chemical tests
    • Density, ISO 2811-1
    • Viscosity, Brookfield
    • Colour, ISO 7724
    • Ash content, NF T30-012
    • Non-volatile-matter content,
    • ISO 3251
  • Consumer perception
    • Comparative evaluation by a consumer panel

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Drinking Water Installations

Products to be used in buildings for drainage between property boundary and tap water must be approved for drinking water.

And, therefore, must be approved in accordance with the Building Regulations - whether they are plastic pipes, fittings, faucets, filters or other types of products.

General Requirements in Approved for Drinking Water

  • All products in contact with drinking water that are part of the fixed installation up to the drainage site are included.

  • Building materials must not give rise to contamination of chemical substances that may pose a health hazard.

  • The composition of the construction product must be documented so that relevant testing for fouling can be carried out.

  • Filters must not give rise to accumulation and release of microorganisms.

To obtain approval from the Secretariat, the product must be tested.
We offer advice to product grouping and setup of test programs. Of course, we also test the product and help get the documentation fully in place.

Please contact us to learn more about your options about optaining the GDV for your products. 

Legal Background / Regulations

  • EU Construction Products Regulation
    • New Approach, CE marking
    • Several standards as basis of European CE marking
      • EN 14041 - Textile, resilient and laminate floorings
      • EN 14342 - Wooden floorings
      • EN 16000 - VOC emissions testing
      • EN 14388 - Road traffic noise reducing devices (noise barrier),
      • EN 14351-1 - Windows and external pedestrian doorsets
      • EN 13830 - Curtain walling
      • EN 13241-1 - Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates
      • EN 1906 - Handles and knobs
      • EN 1932 - External blinds and shutters
  • Several national regulations, e.g. German Ü mark, French regulations on VOC emissions, California CDPH Section 1350
  • European (E1), US and Californian (CARB) and Japanese restriction of formaldehyde emissions
  • Decopaint Directive (EU) and local US States regulations on VOC in paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants, e.g.SCAQMD

Construction & Building Services

Chemical Analyses
Determination of major ingredients
e.g. lead in paint
Determination of trace compounds
Determination of hazardous
substances
Determination of emissions of
VOC, solvents, formaldehyde,
isocyanates, ...
Determination of migration
- into skin
- from drinking water tubes

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Content determination
Emissions testing

Formaldehyde
Determination for European E1
classification (EN 717-1)
Determination for ecolabels and
purchase specifications

Indoor air monitoring:

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Ecolabels and regulations
Testing with more than 10 protocols, Section 01350, LEED, SCAQMD,BIFMA, M1,EMICODE, GUT, CertiPUR, AgBB / DIBt / Ü mark, French VOC regulations, AFSSET, Blue Angel, Austrian ecolabel, Danish Indoor Climate Label, ...

Sustainable or "Green" Buildings
Consulting, material testing, auditing for LEED, BREEAM, HQE and more

Certifications
German Ü mark
Indoor Air Comfort certification
Declaration of conformity, CE marking

REACH
Company specific seminar / training
Inventory of hazardous materials
Communication along supply chain
Exposure assessment
Safety Data Sheets and GHS


EU Decopaint Directive
Determination of VOC content
Compliance document

EU Construction Products Directive (CPD)
Determination of leaching
into soil & water
Determination of emissions
into indoor air

Occupational safety & hygiene
Assessment of work places
Skin protection & gloves testing

Company Safety
Criteria of technical safety
Risk Evaluation

Safety of Plants
Risk assessment

Environmental Monitoring
Stack emissions
Water and soil
Waste

Safety of machines
Risk assessment
CE Coordination
Guidelinesconformity

In-house training and workshops

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DIY & Home Improvement

Product Ranges

Home improvement

Personal Protective Equipment

Outdoor

Car

 

Home Improvement

  • Coatings, paints, adhesives & glues
  • Global characteristics:
    weight, dimensions, grammage, etc.
  • Physical-chemical:
    consistency, colour, odour, homogeneity, preservation, density, flow time, viscosity, etc.
  • Physical & mechanical tests:
    shear strength, resistance tests, abrasion resistance, shock resistance, cross-cut, etc.
 
  • Chemical tests:
    heavy metals, vinyl chloride content, formaldehyde, non-volatile matter, VOC Emissions, VOC content, food contact, etc.
  • Performance Tests:
    Colour fastness, washability, spongeability, drying time, spreading rate, hiding power, stain resistance, etc.
  • Benchmarking & claim substantiation
  • Specifications checking
    (Conformity control regarding technical data sheet)
  • Environmental tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging
  • Use tests/Fitness for use:
    ease of application, cleaning-up, resistance to chemicals, etc
  • REACH:
    restricted substances and SVHCs, Toxicological studies, physical-chemical properties
  • Microbiology & Biocidal activities
  • Ecolabel Testing
  • Acoustic Testing:
    Tests on Soundproofing and sound absorbing materials, walls, textiles, paints, tiles, paddings

Coverings (flooring and walls)

  • Global characteristics:
    aspect, dimensions, colour, spacing, cutting edges, etc.
  • Physical & mechanical tests:
    tearing and shear strength, resistance tests, abrasion resistance, bending, fatigue, impact, scratch resistance, etc.
  • Performance Tests:
    resistance to chemicals, stain resistance, absorption, sliding, clip resistance, adhesion, etc
  • Use tests / Fitness for use:
    ease of installation, cleaning-up, withdrawal, etc.
  • Benchmarking & claim substantiation
  • Specifications checking (Conformity control regarding technical data sheet)
  • Chemical tests:
    heavy metals, vinyl chloride content, formaldehyde, VOC Emissions, etc.
  • REACH: restricted substances and SVHCs.
  • Microbiology & Biocidal activities
  • Environmental tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging
  • Acoustic testing:
    Tests on soundproofing and sound absorbing materials, walls, textiles, paints, tiles, paddings

Small hardware

  • Global characteristics
  • Physical & mechanical tests:
    tearing and shear strength, resistance tests, bending, fatigue, scratch resistance on coatings, etc.
  • Environmental tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging.
  • Chemical tests:
    Heavy metals, REACH restricted substances and SVHCs.
  • Performance tests:
    Wall plugs pull out strength, resistance to shearing under load, etc.
  • Use tests/Fitness for use:
    ease of use, withdrawal, handling, etc.

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E&E – Power tools, garden power, climate

  • Notified Body and Certification Body Services (GS, CB, TCB, etc)
  • International Type Approval Services:
    Recognition within the framework of CB IECEE procedure for different countries worldwide
  • Material testing:
    Including flammability tests for various materials (e.g. glow wire test, needle flame, V-0, V-1)
  • Physical & mechanical tests:
    Life time and permanent load tests - electrical and mechanical, mechanical stress shock, etc.
  • Electrical Safety Tests:
    • Safety tests for CE, CB-Scheme, GS-Mark and
      Type Approved-Mark
    • Document and construction checks
    • Expert opinion
    • EMF: ElectroMagnetic Fields
    • Photometric measurement
    • Photobiological Safety
  • EMC tests
  • Radio/wireless
  • Acoustics
  • Vibration test and measurement
  • Battery/Charger tests
  • Spot tests
  • ErP, Ecodesign: according to ecodesign directive/energy efficiency measurement
  • Environmental tests:
    • Corrosion tests
    • Salt Spray
    • Harmful gas SO2
    • UV aging
    • Climatic tests from -40°C to 180°C
    • Dust and water IP tests
    • Temperature shock (Rate of temperature change < 20 sec, from-70 ° C to 180 ° C)
    • Temperature and altitude
    • Overpressure
  • Environmental (continuation):
    • Overpressure
    • Vacuum (faster decompression)
    • Combination trials with air-humidity
  • Chemical tests: PAHs, RoHS, REACH, etc.
  • FFU: Fit-For-Use / Performance tests

Household and bathroom accessories

  • Global characteristics
  • Physical & Mechanical tests:
    bending, fatigue, scratch resistance on coatings, resistance after aging, adhesion and abrasion resistance, holding and loading resistance, etc.
  • Environmental tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging
  • Chemical tests:
    REACH restricted substances and SVHCs
  • Performance Tests:
    including chemical resistance to bleach and household cleaners, absorption tests on carpets, sliding tests, slip resistance
  • Use tests/Fitness for use:
    ease of use, installation, withdrawal, handling, etc.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Notified Body Services
    (CE certification: per products in scope)
  • Physical & Mechanical tests:
    • Gloves: abrasion, cut, tear and perforation resistance, water permeability, dexterity, chemical permeation, etc.
    • Swimming goggles and buoyant aids: impact resistance, buoyancy, etc.
    • Apparel: textile performance tests, flammability, etc.
  • Chemical tests:
    REACH restricted substances and SVHCs, food contact tests, chemical permeation tests, method development, etc.
  • Environmental tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

Outdoor

Outdoor: Garden furniture

  • Standard EN 581-1, 2, 3 for outdoor furniture- seatings and tables.
  • Physical & Mechanical- Performance tests:
    • Edges, shearing points, openings
    • Strength
    • Durability (Fatigue tests)
    • Stability
    • Cross cut adhesion (coatings)
    • Moisture content (wooden products)
    • Hardness tests
    • Colour fastness and other performance tests for textile parts
    • Flammability of textiles
  • Environmental tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging.
  • Chemical tests:
    REACH restricted substances and SVHCs.
  • Use tests/Fitness for use:
    Ease of use, installation, withdrawal, handling, etc.
  • Outdoor furniture intended to be used by young children (Standard NFD 60 300)

Outdoor: Gardening (tools, accessories, fertilizers, pest control)

  • Global and dimensional characteristics:
    • Fittings/garden nose taps
    • Sprinkler
    • Suspension rod
    • Garden tools
    • Garden guns / lances
  • Garden gloves
    (see Personal Protective Equipment section)
  • Adaptability of garden accessories
  • Thickness of coatings
  • Use tests
  • Climatic tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging
  • Chemical tests:
    REACH restricted substances and SVHCs, Toxicological studies, physical-chemical properties
  • Growth tests on bulbs/plants/flowers
  • Physical-chemical and chemical tests on fertilizers and pest control
  • Efficacy tests on insecticides

Outdoor: Pool (chemicals & accessories)

Accessories:

  • Global and dimensional characteristics
  • Thickness of coatings
  • Use tests
  • Climatic tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging

Pool chemicals:

  • Microbiology & biocidal activities
    • Disinfection tests
    • Bactericidal activity
    • Chlorine
    • Bromine
    • Compressive strength (tablets)
    • Active oxygen
    • Hydrogen peroxide content
    • Boric acid
    • Anti-algae

Outdoor: BBQ

  • Physical & mechanical testing
  • Food contact tests
  • Electrical tests (for electrical BBQ)
  • Use tests
  • Climatic tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging
  • Barbecues burning solid fuels (construction and safety test: Standard EN 1860)
  • Solid fuel characterization
    • Humidity
    • Ash content
    • Volatile matter content
    • Calorific value
    • Elemental analysis (C,H,N,S).
    • Halogen content: Chlorine, fluor
    • Major and trace content of metals.
    • Organic compounds content (PCB /PCT, PAH, hydrocarbons…).
    • Granulometry, etc.

Car

Car (accessories, E&E car parts, chemicals)

  • Physical & mechanical testing
  • Electrical tests (for electrical and electronical car parts):
    electrical safety, radio/wireless, EMC, etc.
  • Climatic tests:
    Corrosion tests, Temperature-Humidity Aging, UV aging
  • VOC emission tests on car components
  • Chemical and performance tests on detergents, surface cleaners and air fresheners

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