VOC (volatile organic compounds) are present in many products and materials used in the passenger cell of vehicles as well as in the home, in aerosols, etc. They are given off by materials such as insulating foams, paints, carpets, flooring, etc.
Measurement performed to limit their presence reduces the toxicological risks for consumers.
The construction and decoration products contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can be harmful to the health of occupants of buildings in which they are installed.
The decree establishing mandatory labelling of products for construction and decoration on their emissions of volatile pollutants has been released in March 2011 (Decree No. 2011-321 of 23 March 2011 on the labelling of construction products or floor and wall coatings and paints and varnish on their VOC emission rate).
From 1 January 2012, these products must bear a label that will indicate to the user, in a simple and readable way , the emission level of volatile pollutants produced. The emission level for each pollutant is classified from A (very low emissions) to C (high emissions), as the principle already used for home appliances or cars.
The rating assigned to the product being measured will be calculated based on the value of emissions measured according to NF EN ISO 16000-9, 16000-10, 16000-6, 16000-3 and 16000-11.
SGS SERCOVAM assists manufacturers and importers of construction and decoration products to measure and quantify the presence of VOCs in the products they distribute.