Belgian VOC regulation for emissions from construction products

The Royal Decree establishing threshold levels for the emissions to the indoor environment from

was published on Aug 18, 2014.

The regulation became mandatorily effective from Jan 1, 2015 for products to be traded on the Belgian market for the first time. A transition period till Sept 1, 2015, for products being put on the market before Sept 1, 2014 allows an onward-sale. The placing of products on the market without the respective product emissions files according to the regulation will not be permitted from the quoted points of time.

Grandfathered from this regulation are floor covering products consisting of 100 % of natural stone, ceramic materials, glass or steel.

The basis of the Belgian decree is the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR). This is the third national regulation in Europe concerning emissions from construction products and joins the principles of the German Institute for Structural Engineering (DIBt) and the French A+ VOC regulation already in place.

Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products meet or fall below the limit values and are responsible for having the required product emission files available. Approvals by an official body are not required nor is there an official label.

Laboratory tests have to be performed by an ISO 17024 accredited test lab following the new so called horizontal European emission testing method CEN TS 16516. The emissions are measured after 28 days but are more comprehensive for Belgium than the French VOC regulation. DIBt and AgBB measurement, however, can be consulted in this context.

Further, test results already on hand, for example of adequate voluntary labels like the eco-INSTITUT-Label or Blue Angel can be evaluated according to the Belgian regulation..

The eco-INSTITUT is a testing laboratoy accredited to the ISO 17025 standard and can perform tests according to this new Belgian regulation or evaluate already existing test results in terms of it. Do not hesitate to contact us!

Overview European limit values after 28 days

Parameter      -> 28 days

Limit value AgBB 2015 


Limit value Belg. VOC regulation 2014


Limit value French A+ VOC regulation 2011

Limit value Affset 2009



1000 µg/m3

1000 µg/m3

1000 µg/m3

1000 µg/m3


100 µg/m3

100 µg/m3

not defined

not defined


2900 µg/m3 *)

≤ 300 µg/m3

<300 µg/m3

300 µg/m3 *)


100 µg/m3  *)

≤ 100 µg/m3

<10 µg/m3

10 µg/m3 *)


1200 µg/m3 *)

≤ 200 µg/m3

<200 µg/m3

200 µ/m3 *)

CMR 1A & 1B

1 µg/m3

1 µg/m3

≤ 1 µg/m3  (CMR-VO)

≤ 1 µg/m3  (CMR-VO)

R value


≤ 1

not defined

≤ 1


100 µg/m3

not defined

not defined

100 µg/m3


NEWS: Belgian VOC regulation published

On Aug 18th, 2014, the Belgian VOC regulation having being submitted to the EU as draft for a national VOC regulation for notification on Oct 10, 2012, was published: go to press release

Your contact

Dipl. Holzwirt Daniel Tigges

Phone +49 221 - 931245 - 30

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French CMR regulation

Apart from the French VOC decree, in France a CMR regulation (CMR=carcinogenic, mutagenic and/or reprotoxic substances) is effective since January 2010: i.e. construction products may only be traded in France if, after 28 days,  they feature emissions less than 1μg/m3 of each trichloroethylene, benzene, DEHP and DBP. As norm series the ISO 16000 also is stated. (more infos on; last update 12th March 2015) Since DEHP and DPB, however, are not traceable via this specification, we offer you an additional evalutation regarding these substances.


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