A new summary of how VOC Testing will be integrated into CE marking is available on Eurofins homepage as presentation slides in English and in German: www.eurofins.com/cpr-voc.
Construction products include a wide range of products, such as cement, bricks, wood, flooring, and complex structures such as facades. Construction Products Directive (CPD) was published in 1989 (EU Directive 89/106/EEC) for facilitating cross-border trade and for overcoming trade barriers in form of national rules and standards. This will soon be superseded by Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
The objective of the CPD (and soon the CPR) is not to define the safety of construction products, but to ensure that reliable information is presented in relation to their performance – and all this in a harmonized manner across Europe. This is achieved by providing a common technical language, mainly in harmonized European product performance standards. This shall be used not only by manufacturers, but also by public authorities when defining their requirements on construction works, directly or indirectly influencing the performance classes and other specifications set out for the products for purchase and for use. The actual requirements still are specified by each EU Member State on its own.
In near future there will occur some changes for CE marking of construction products with impact on indoor air quality by including criteria and classes for emissions of volatile dangerous substances, and/or by including criteria for the impact on environmental quality in terms of release of dangerous substances into water and soil.