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Quality Assessment


The “Quality Assessment” department focuses on projects concerning formaldehyde testing methods as well as bonding, bonded joints and adhesives for products using and made from renewable raw materials. Within an interdisciplinary team, we develop solutions for and with customers from, amongst others, the forestry and timber, construction, furniture and chemical industries

In certified further training courses at our WKI | AKADEMIE®, we make available the expertise which we have gained from the contact to manufacturers and through our research work. Our department is furthermore internationally recognized as a testing, monitoring and certification body and is therefore a competent contact partner for all questions relating to TMC.

Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Information in regard to the actual situation in our department

Like many other companies in Germany and Europe, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has also responded to the spread of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an »emergency for public health of international dimension«.

On March 16, 2020, all institute directors were instructed by the Fraunhofer Executive Board to present a plan for their institute by March 18, 2020 at the latest, which employees can maintain the institute's work using home office and to instruct home office with start from March 18, 2020. Additionally, the Fraunhofer Executive Board required to develop pandemic plans and to forward weekly reports to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's crisis team.

For employees who, for compelling reasons, are required to carry out their work directly on site in the institutes or for whom there is no possibility to continue working from home, operational and security plans have been developed and implemented.

At the Fraunhofer WKI the home office and all digital media are currently used to maintain our work. This means in particular, in our department Quality Assessment (QA), that you can contact us as usual using the known email addresses and by telephone.

Our test laboratories in the areas of formaldehyde, mechanical-technological properties, adhesives and surface analyses are active and all test methods are running to process all orders promptly.

If there are changes to the current situation due to the requirements of the German federal government or other circumstances, we will inform all customers immediately and, if necessary, offer solutions.

Информация относительно текущей ситуации в отделе контроля качества

Как и многие другие компании в Германии и Европе, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft также отреагировал на распространение коронавирусной инфекции SARS-CoV-2, объявленной Всемирной организацией здравоохранения (ВОЗ) как «чрезвычайной ситуацией в области общественного здравоохранения, имеющей международное значение».

Уже 16 марта 2020 года исполнительный совет Фраунгофера поручил директорам института им. Фраунгофера разработать и внедрить во всех институтах не позднее чем 18 марта 2020 года планы, согласно которым сотрудники могут поддерживать работу института путем выполнения работы в форме Home-Office (домашнего офиса). Кроме того, было принято решение разработать планы пандемии, а также направлять еженедельные отчеты в кризисную группу Общества Фраунгофера.

Для сотрудников, которые по веским причинам обязаны выполнять свою работу непосредственно на рабочих местах или в случае отсутствия возможности продолжать работу в режиме домашнего офиса, были разработаны и внедрены соответствующие планы по обеспечению безопасности и эксплуатации производства.

В настоящее время Fraunhofer WKI выполняет работу в режиме домашнего офиса, используя для этого все необходимые цифровые носители. В частности, с нашим отделом обеспечения качества и оценки (QA), Вы можете связаться привычными для Вас способами: как по известным адресам электронной почты, так и по телефону.

Наши испытательные лаборатории в области формальдегида, механико-технологических свойств, клеев и анализа поверхности продолжают работу для оперативной обработки всех заказов

В случае изменения текущей ситуации в связи с требованиями федерального правительства Германии или других обстоятельств, мы немедленно проинформируем всех клиентов и, если необходимо, предложим решения.



News / 29.1.2019

E [D2020]

On 26th November 2018, the new testing specifications for wood-based materials with regard to formaldehyde for fulfillment of the Prohibited Chemicals Ordinance (ChemVerbotsV) were published in the Bundesanzeiger (German Federal Gazette). On the basis of the forthcoming specifications, the Fraunhofer WKI is now offering the certification procedure “E [D2020]”.


Press release / 24.10.2017

Fraunhofer WKI accredited as inspection body for adhesives for load-bearing timber components

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI in Braunschweig has been officially recognized since 11.10.2017 in accordance with the PÜZ Index (TMC Index), Edition 2017 - Part II a, Seq. No. 3.3/4.

Research Focuses


Formaldehyde Testing Methods

We do not only test products regarding formaldehyde – we also apply our years of experience to further develop the testing procedures.


Gluing, Bonding and Adhesives

We develop and optimize adhesive systems for the production of wood-based materials and for wooden construction.


Current research projects

Here you will find details of selected research projects.




With the WKI | AKADEMIE®, we offer you a professional and career-concurrent advanced training format.

Focus Courses

Bonding in wooden construction:
11th to 15th November 2019


Quality control in the production of wood-based materials:
18th to 22nd November 2019


12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

12th to 14th October 2022


Testing, Monitoring and Certification (TMC)


TMC | Testing

We perform accredited tests concerning the release of formaldehyde as well as regarding the surface and mechanical properties of wood, wood-based materials and products produced therefrom. We also test adhesives and bondings for wooden construction.


TMC | Monitoring

We verify the compliance of your in-house production control with the standards requirements for the European, American and Japanese markets.


TMC | Certification

We certify building products in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation. Furthermore, we also certify wood-based materials regarding formaldehyde in Europe, America and Japan.