Emissions label for furniture

In cooperation with leading testing bodies like TÜV Rheinland, eco-INSTITUT Cologne, German Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) and DIN Consumer Council the German Quality Assurance Association (Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel – DGM) has developed emissions classifications for furniture and out of these the first global emissions label for furniture evolved. It was launched early 2015.

The aim was to develop a label that easily communicates all infos about a piece of funriture’s emissions profile to the consumer.

The proof of the classifications A to D takes place on the ground of compliance with the basic criteria with respective pollutant tests performed by independent testing bodies on the basis of the requirements following RAL-GZ 430 or the basic criteria of the Blue Angel (RAL-UZ 38 for Low-Emission Furniture And Slatted Frames Made Of Wood And Wood-Based Materials, RAL-UZ 117 for Low Emission Upholstered Furniture, RAL-UZ 119 for mattresses).

During the first three years after the label has been issued for the first time a yearly control test is performed, after that tests take place every two years during which the required proofs have to be declared.

DGM box spring label

At the beginning of 2017, the DGM box spring label was added to RAL-GZ 430 as previously, definitions and requirements for quality box spring beds were missing.

Further DGM label

Golden M

Subject to change without notice; last updated April 24th, 2023


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For DGM emissions label the following products can be tested by eco-INSTITUT*:
  • Seating furniture
  • Free standing cabinets
  • Tables
  • Office furniture
  • Bed frames
  • Mattrasses
  • Beds

*Please note: DGM emissions label is not awarded by eco-INSTITUT itself. eco-INSTITUT is DGM approved testing laboratory and authorised to perform testing following the criteria of DGM emissions label.

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