Material emissions legislation

Materials Emissions Legislation – Is Your Company Ready?
Exposure to air pollutants has for many years been recognised as a major
cause of health problems and as the majority of people spend much of their
time indoors (90% by some estimates), chemicals emitted from materials and
furnishings may well be just as serious as street level pollutants.
Manufacturers are already under significant pressure to reduce or eliminate such
chemicals from their products and this pressure will only increase.
Following adoption of the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) by the
European Parliament in April 2011, manufacturers wishing to CE-mark their
construction products for sale in the EU will need to have their products tested
by accredited third-party test labs.
The requirement of the CPR will have an impact upon numerous products–
insulation, wood, plasterboard, varnishes, adhesives, foam and wall
coverings and others.
Although the CPR has been adopted, full implementation is not required until
1st July 2013. Nevertheless, some manufacturers are already arming
themselves for when the new regulation takes effect.
The implications for manufacturers of construction products in the EU and
elsewhere are clear- if companies do not adapt to the new regulations, they
will not be able to sell their products.
However, rather than viewing these regulations in a negative light it is an
excellent opportunity for product improvement and innovation.
The end result will be clear benefits for consumers and increased market
potential for proactive manufacturers. Even now, some companies are
making low chemical emissions a key selling point of their products, and this
is something that we can expect to see a lot more of in the future.
The Solution? . . . . . . . . . . .
The National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit at the University of
Worcester have state of the art testing facilities and the expertise necessary to
help you meet the new legislation requirements.
We offer VOC testing on a wide range of products using internationally
recognised standards such as ISO 16000 part 25 2011 and can provide routine
testing as well as research and development of new product lines.
For more information on how we can help you please contact:
Noel Egginton
VOC Emissions Project Manager
National Pollen & Aerobiology Research Unit
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Tel: 01905 542359 or 01905 542286