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French Regulations on VOC emissions from construction products

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Compulsory VOC emissions labelling

A French regulation was published on 25 March 2011 with details published on 13 May 2011 regarding a mandatory labelling of construction products installed indoors, floor and wall coverings, paints and lacquers with their emission classes based on emission testing.

This regulation foresees that since 1. Jan. 2012, any covered product placed on the market has to be labelled with emission classes based on their emissions after 28 days, as tested with ISO 16000 and calculated for European reference room - similar to the two other French regulations on emissions of CMR substances.

As this is the same reference room as used in Germany and in Belgium, existing test data for German or for Belgian regulation can be used for assigning an emissions class, without new tests and without conversion of the test results. The same holds true for EMICODE, GUT and Blue Angel. Also other valid information can be used as basis for this assignment of class, such as tests based on ISO 16000, but with shorter testing duration.

The emissions class will be assigned by the manufacturer or the distributor in his self-responsibility.

Concerned products

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VOC emissions classes

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CMR emissions

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"Grenelle Environnement"

Both above initiatives of French government, running under the French name "Le Grenelle Environnement", go for implementing the goals of the national environment and health action plan PNSE 2.

AFSSET guideline (today ANSES)

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Is the French A+ class sufficient to show LEED compliance?

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Important links and graphic files

You will find the original texts in two documents - Decree no 2011-321 as publishedArrêté as published.

The graphic files are available for download from an official French website for downloading these files.

The French ministry offers more information on a specific webpage in French language, including a non-exhaustive list of covered and non-covered products (in French language). Should the link not work - search for "Liste indicative des produits décret 2011-321". You will find there also precisions and instructions for testing paints and varnishes, and doors and windows, for their VOC emissions classes (both in French language).

Eurofins offers testing 

  • either just an ISO 16000 test for showing compliance with French regulations, or with AFFSET guideline, or with both
  • or the same test but supplemented with another test method with lower detection method for DEHP and DBP.
  • Background for that differentiation is the fact that there are doubts whether that the specified test method cannot detect such low levels of DEHP and DBP.

Further Information

A technical sheet with more information is available for download in English, in French and in German.

A similar information for Chinese customers is available in Chinese and in English.

Eurofins Product Testing A/S offers all relevant testing. The test programme can be expanded such that the same test can be used also for other regulations and labels in Europe - this will be much cheaper than if you order both tests separately. Reporting is possible in French, in English or in German, or in other languages upon request.

Eurofins VOC related services

Eurofins offers documentation of compliance with the specifications on emissions of VOC and aldehydes by independent and ISO 17025 accredited testing, and if relevant also with external surveillance (inspections, re-testing), and certification, e.g. in combination with the Eurofins operated certification programme Indoor Air Comfort - certified products.

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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.

Certification and testing services for Ü markCE mark and the Eurofins certification program Indoor Air Comfort - certified products can be ordered in parallel for use on different market segments - there will be significant costs saving when compared to ordering these services separately.

Contact to surveillance and testing services

  • Surveillance and Certification body:
    (also DIBt approved surveillance and certification body)

Eurofins Consumer Product Testing GmbH
Am Neuländer Gewerbepark 4
21079 Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 40 492 94 6815

  • Testing lab:
    (also DIBt approved testing body, and accredited as well as notified testing lab)
Eurofins Product Testing A/S
Smedeskovvej 38, 8464 Galten, Denmark
Phone: +45 7022 4276

Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories

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