German draft VOC regulation notified to the EU Commission – first step towards implementation


Germany wants to regulate VOC emissions from construction products into indoor air, as small part of a pretty complex national amendment of the Construction Products Regulation.

CE marked products will not face additional regulation. Earlier additional Ü marking must not occur for CE marked products since 16 October 2016, see our explanation of the transition phase.

A number of products that cannot be CE marked will need to fulfill the AgBB limits for their emissions, and some more national requirements, by obtaining the Ü mark, as before.

Such a national regulation needs to be “notified” to the EU Commission that makes it available for comments by the EU Member States during 3 months. Germany must not implement the planned regulation before these 3 months have gone – or 6 months in the case of severe comments or opposition.

The planned German regulation was notified under the notification number 2016/0376/D since July 2016 (in German language). If that regulation is set into force, then proof of compliance with the draft regulation needs to be shown by a CE mark (if available), or by an Ü mark.

If the Declaration of Performance behind the CE mark does not include a statement on VOC emissions, because the related harmonized EN standard does not (yet) foresee this, then other ways of showing compliance can be used. The Eurofins operated Indoor Air Comfort certification program can be a good choice for that purpose.

See also our recent post on this issue with more details and more links.

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Eurofins Product Testing A/S is the market leader world-wide for VOC emissions chamber testing, operating several hundreds of test chambers of different sizes, experienced with VOC emission chamber testing since 1989. In cooperation with Eurofins VOC testing labs in China and in Japan. Many News appear continuously that can be important for industry, authorities and associations. This Blog shows News on VOC emissions testing for regulations in Germany, France and Belgium as well as for LEED, BREEAM, Indoor air Comfort, EMICODE, Blue Angel, CDPH Section 1350 and more.
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