Draft Swedish Regulation on VOC emissions
The Swedish Chemical Agency, Kemikalieinspektionen, had received the task to investigate a Swedish regulation limiting the VOC emissions from construction products. A report was published in 2015.
It proposes a regulation specifying that all products used at interior floors, walls and ceilings shall comply with a list of limit values when tested after 28 days storage in a ventilated test chamber.
Both the limit values and the documentation duties are very much in line with the existing Belgian regulation, but with some exceptions:
- The proposed Swedish regulation covers all interior floors, walls and ceilings, while the Belgian regulation today is applied to flooring products only (the application to walls and ceilings still is under preparation).
- The proposed Swedish regulation does not contain limits for sum parameteres, such as TVOC, TSVOC and R value.
- The proposed Swedish regulation does not contain limits for formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, and it does not include an especially low limit for toluene, other than the Belgian regulation.
If the regulation is adapted by the Swedish government, then it could be in force from early 2018 on.
The proposed regulation could harmonize with the plans to include a declaration of performance regarding VOC emissions into the regulations on CE marking. Compliance with the proposed regulation could also be shown with an Indoor Air Comfort or an Indoor Air Comfort GOLD certificate which combines the regulations in all EU Member States into one documentation and one certification program.
For further reading:
- A related press release.
- The report with the proposal for a Swedish regulation (in Swedish; English summary is on page 8).
- The Belgian regulation: www.eurofins.com/belgium-voc.
- VOC emissions and CE marking: www.eurofins.com/cpr-voc and www.eurofins.com/cpr-ce-mark.
- Any further information can be found in the future here: www.eurofins.com/sweden-voc.
- The Europe-wide applicable product certification of low VOC emissions Indoor Air Comfort: www.indoor-air-comfort.com.
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Eurofins operates both an accredited and notified test house and an approved ÜZ certification body. VOC emissions testing for any program or regulation can be easily combined with tests for other regulations or labels such as Belgian VOC regulation, French VOC regulations, German VOC regulations, EMICODE, German Blue Angel, Finnish M1 and US tests. Such combinations allow to save money compared with separate testing for each of these purposes. One example is the Eurofins Pan-European test package.
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