On November 26th, 2018, German Federal Gazette (BAnz AT 26.11.2018 B2 – in German only) published DIN EN 16516, a new reference method for measuring formaldehyde emissions from coated and uncoated wood based on Annex 1 of the Chemical Prohibition Ordinance (ChemVerbotsV).
The previous reference method according to DIN EN 717-1 may still be used as additional method, but the compensation concentration must be multiplied by a factor of 2.0 no later than January 1st, 2020.
From January 1st, 2020, it will also apply that derived test methods such as the perforator method according to EN ISO 12460-5 or the gas analysis method according to EN ISO 12460-3 are to be used exclusively for production control in connection with a product-related manufacturer correlation.
The changes to the reference method results from a UFOPLAN research project by the Federal Environment Agency and the Federal Institute for Materials Research BAM in which the test methodology for the measurement of formaldehyde emissions from wood-based materials should be adapted to more realistic conditions.
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