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VOC and Formaldehyde Emission Testing

VOC and Formaldehyde Emission Testing

VOC Testing Reinforces Confidence in Safety

Furniture and building materials can emit various kinds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have an impact on indoor air quality and can be harmful to human health. Many countries have established mandatory or voluntary rating systems to control emissions of VOCs, formaldehyde, and other hazardous substances in construction and furnishing materials.

TÜV Rheinland provides independent test marks that serve as proof of your products’ compliance with all of the relevant regulations and standards (EN717-1, ASTM D6007-02, ISO 16000-3,6,9,11,BIFMA X7.1-2007, and M7.1-2007). Our highly experienced team offers you the knowledge, direction, and security you need to gain access to international markets.

Benefits At A Glance

With VOC and formaldehyde emission testing services from TÜV Rheinland, you:

  • Rely on the expertise of our highly qualified team of scientists who work very closely with our head laboratory in Germany, which ahs more than 20 years of experience and expertise in this field
  • Get peace of mind, as our test procedures are all quality accredited in accordance with ISO 17025; our Hong Kong laboratory is accredited to carry out tests according to the ISO 16000-9 and EN717-1 standards
  • Get test reports in a variety of languages (including English, German, French, and Spanish)
  • Count on professional consultation and one-stop services provided from our network and team of experts
  • Can raise internal awareness of eco-design through our training and consultation offerings
  • Implement streamlined processes and reduce cost throughout the whole life cycle of products
  • Demonstrate your commitment to the environment and society with our platform

Our Services

Our emission testing services include the following:

  • Formaldehyde emission testing of wooden furniture and wooden components
  • VOC emission testing of furniture, decoration, and construction materials
  • Tests tailored to your specifications, standards, and needs

Test Procedure

Emissions testing for formaldehyde and VOCs involves the following five steps:

  • The sample placed in a special test chamber
  • The test chamber is then purged with clean air for up to 28 days
  • Air samples are taken at the chamber outlet
  • The air sample is analyzed
  • Following calculation of emission factors and other parameters, the certificate of compliance is issued

Legal or Voluntary Requirements/Systems in Different Countries

Our formaldehyde and VOC emission tests comply with the following international test marks and seals of approval:

  • EU flower – Europe
  • AgBB/DIBt, Ü mark – Germany
  • Blue Angel – Germany
  • Protocol AFSSET – France
  • M1 Classification – Finland
  • LEED IEQ credits – USA

Additional Services

In addition to actual emission testing services, TÜV Rheinland offers services for internal training and consulting. We can also explain relevant regulations, testing standards, and assessment methods.

Product Examples

The types of products TÜV Rheinland tests for formaldehyde and VOC emissions include:

  • Products that use wooden materials (including furniture and construction materials, hi-fi speakers with wooden housing, and wooden storage boxes or containers)
  • Products that employ foams
  • Products that contain significant amounts of glue
  • Lacquered products
  • Products with a questionable smell (subject to odor testing)


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