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.


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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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