Furniture and Furnishings

We test for you:

Furniture should not only be pretty and functional but also non-hazardous to your health. Furniture may - just like construction products -  crucially contribute to indoor air pollution due to its large surface area.

Problematic substances stem, for instance,  from wood-based materials, adhesives, surface coatings or covers.

One of our priorities of test competence is the measurement of emissions in more than 85 test chambers according to ISO 16000 (and EN 717-1)

Our services:

  • Emission analyses in the test chamber according to ISO 16000
  • Compound  analyses for heavy metals, AOX/EOX, biocides, phthalates, flame retardants etc.
  • Odour testing according to VDA
  • Toxicological and ecological expertise
  • Advice on product development and optimisation
  • Certification according to the criteria of the eco-INSTITUT-Label and Blue Angel (RAL-UZ 38/117/119/130/148/176)
  • Testing according to the criteria of OekoControl (OekoControl Asociation for Quality Standard Ecological Furnishing Houses) and Golden M/RAL-GZ 430 ( DGM German Furniture Quality Association)
  • Testing and evaluation according to further national and international criteria

Feb 18, 2014; Fürth - With its catalogue of requirements and testing criteria the German Quality Assurance Association Furniture (Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel - DGM) is dedicated to the topic of "quality assurance for furniture" - already since 1963. Crucial for this success are the testing laboratories and the Federal Environment Agency. The work of the DGM in this area will be supported in the future by the testing competences of UL ECO-INSTITUT as supporting member.

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Since December 2011, the eco-INSTITUT is accredited testing laboratory for BIFMA. Since 1973 the  Building and Institutional Furniture Manufactuerers Association developes the ANSI/BIFMA Safety and Performance Standards for (office) furniture according to the guidelines of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Read more

From Jan 1st, 2012, construction products, decoration and furnishing products to be traded in France are to be labelled with an emissions classification on the basis of VOC emissions tests. This concerns: floor coverings, paint and varnish, windows, doors, wall and ceiling panelling, etc. Read more


Since summer 2011, eco-INSTITUT Cologne is member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the most important non-profit organisation of leading agents of the construction industry promoting environmentally friendly, pollutants-controlled and sustainable buildings.  Read more

Your contact

Vanessa Laumann

M.Env.Sc. Vanessa Laumann

Phone +49 221 - 931245-43

E-mail contact


We test for the following marks of quality


eco Euro-Consultant Produktentwicklung GmbH
Schanzenstraße 6 - 20
Carlswerk Kupferzug 5.2

51063 Köln

Phone  +49 221 - 931245-0
Fax +49 221 - 931245-33