CEN TC 351 // CEN TS 16516

Harmonised testing method for evaluation of VOC emissions off construction products

On the basis of the EU-Mandate M366 the working group of the European Committee for Standardization CEN/TC351/WG2 developed a harmonised testing method for evaluation of VOC emissions off construction products. 

The title of the harmonised testing method, having been adopted as draft on Sept 6th, 2012, is "Construction products - Assessment of release of dangerous substances - Determination of emissions in indoor air".

The publication of the harmonised testing method as CEN technical specification (CEN/TS 16516) was published in October 2013.

Further infos you find here (please insert "TS 16561"there in the field standard reference").

The standard is available via DIN- Normenaussuss Bauwesen at Beuth-Verlag.

The first part of the draft's validation, however, has been already published as the study "Robustness Validation of Methods".

The publication of the harmonised testing method as EN standard then is scheduled, after a series of interlaboratory tests for reasons of the reproducibility of the method, for 2015/2016.

The according product standards (hEN's) will then have to be completed by product-specific precepts for sampling and sampling preparation.

In the future national approvals will be superseded by the CE marking, the exact date of this, however, has not been set yet.

A compilation of the most important questions and answers concerning this new horizontal testing method you find here.

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