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CARB regulations on VOC in architectural coatings

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CARB regulations on VOC in architectural coatings

In California, VOC regulations are released by district. The most well-known regulation is issued by the Californian South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), based in Diamond Bar and covering Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernadino counties.

The state-wide agency California Air Resources Board (CARB) released kind of a model for such regulations in California districts. This is known as Suggested Control Measure (SCM) in its version of 2007.


Purpose of this limitation is to protect urban outside air against smog, especially against formation of ground level ozone. California Air Resources Board ARB offers a list with different VOC Limits for Architectural Coating categories that are valid in different California Districts, and a VOC calculator for achieving VOC content in agreement with their rules, on a separate webpage. Another overview of the different regulation in different districts is containing links to the original regulation texts.


Testing is different from what Europeans are used to in conjunction with European Decopaint Directive. For a detailed discussion, please see the page dealing with SCAQMD.

Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories

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