The new EU ecolabel criteria document for paints and varnishes requires declaration or testing of the SVOC content (semi-volatile organic compounds).
Unfortunately there was some confusion about how to test, because the referenced standard ISO 11890-2 as such does not support SVOC testing. Industry working groups in France and in Germany tried to solve the resulting challenges. Based on that dialogue, the European Paint Industry Association CEPE published a guidance paper on how SVOCs could be tested by expanding the scope of ISO 11890-2. This can be downloaded from CEPE homepage, or with a direct download link.
The updated User Manual and even a revision of the EU ecolabel criteria document itself are expected to offer solutions later during 2015, with these work results as main input. You can be updated about any progress by following this VOC Blog, or by returning to Eurofins webpage: www.eurofins.com/eu-ecolabel.
The VOC testing lab of Eurofins Product Testing A/S delivers VOC and SVOC testing in line with these documents, with good agreement with the theoretical values as calculated from the formulation. The same testing technology can be applied to the Swiss label, Umweltetikette Farben.