French VOC Label:

Émissions dans l'air intérieur*

Since Jan 1st, 2012, construction products, decoration and furnishing products to be traded in France for the first time are to be labelled with an emissions classification on the basis of VOC emissions tests. This is stated in the "Décret n° 2011-321" having been published on March 25th, 2011.

Since Sept 1st, 2013, this obligatory emissions' classification and labelling regulation will also apply to products which are already on the French market.

This concerns inter alia:

This mark has to be applied additionally to the CE mark (if required for the respective  product).

The basis of testing is ISO 16000, thus equating that in Germany legally required method the Committee for Health-Related Evaluation of Building Products (AgBB) and the German Institute for Engineering (DIBt) take as basis.

PLEASE NOTE: this French VOC regulation is not to be confused with tests according to the so called AFSSET scheme. This one will continue to exist, as before on a voluntary basis, being, however, far more detailled and thus more descriptive.

Tests according to the AgBB scheme may be evaluated without further testing in terms of the A+ French regulation or in terms of the AFSSET scheme. Contact us!

Different from the German approval procedure the French specifications are to be provided by the manufacturer who is responsible for the accuracy of statement. S/he also has to ensure that additionally to the emissions classification the following explanation can be found:

*Information sur le niveau d'émission de substances volatiles dans l'air intérieur, présentant un risque de toxicité par inhaltion, sur une échelle de classes allant de A+ (très faibles émissions= à C (fortes émissions)

The placing of it, however, is not set.

The limit values of the emissions' classes refer to the total of the VOC emissions and also to the evalutation of 10 single substances (in μg/m3).

Subtsances/Emissions class

A+

A

B

C

Formaldehyde

<10

<60

<120

>120

Acetaldehyde

<200

<300

<400

>400

Toloul

<300

<450

<600

>600

Tetrachloroethen

<250

<350

<500

>500

Xylene

<200

<300

<400

>400

1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene

<1000

<1500

<2000

>2000

1,4-Dichlorbenzene

<60

<90

<120

>120

Ethylbenzene

<750

<1000

<1500

>1500

2-Butoxyethanol

<1000

<1500

<2000

>2000

Styrene

<250

<350

<500

>500

TVOC

<1000

<1500

<2000

>2000

 

The limit values, the label template and the final details on the new French regulation are to be found in the "Arrêté etiquetage 2011" having been passed on May 13, 2011.

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

 

TVOC

1000 µg/m3

1000 µg/m3

1000 µg/m3

1000 µg/m3

TSVOC

100 µg/m3

100 µg/m3

not defined

not defined

Toloule

2900 µg/m3 *)

≤ 300 µg/m3

<300 µg/m3

300 µg/m3 *)

Formaldehyde

100 µg/m3  *)

≤ 100 µg/m3

<10 µg/m3

10 µg/m3 *)

Acetaldehyde

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

≤ 1

not defined

≤ 1

TVOC w/o LCI

100 µg/m3

not defined

not defined

100 µg/m3

*) NIK, LCI, CLI

French VOC Label

The "Décret n° 2011-321 du 23 mars 2011 et l’arrêté du 19 avril 2011" has been supplemented by specifications for conditioning of samples of paints, varnishes, coatings, sealants and further paint and varnish products. Read more

Download documents

Décret n° 2011-321 (Original document Décret as published on 25/3/2011)

Arrêté étiquetage 2011 (Orginial document Arrêté as published on 15/3/2011)

Etiquettes disponibles au téléchargement (French VOC label as download)

Scope of products (Liste indicative as published on 07/06/13)

Report for preparation of samples of paints, varnishes, coatings, sealings and further paint and lacquer products (Original protocole as published in Feb 2013)

 

 

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 legifrance.gouv.fr; 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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