Quality Assessment

Testing, Monitoring and Certification (TMC)

Testing Body for Formaldehyde

In Germany and the rest of the world there are numerous varying legal requirements concerning the manufacture and application of low-formaldehyde wood-based materials which are set down in certification standards such as E1, CARB and JIS. We offer companies the certification and testing of wood-based materials; not only within Europe, but also – through the relevant approvals – in America and Japan. We utilize our expertise and years of experience for the further and new development of formaldehyde testing methods. 

Formaldehyde is chemically the aldehyde with the simplest structure and is, due to its high reactivity, one of the most important base materials in the chemical industry. Formaldehyde is mainly used in the manufacture of synthetic resins. The aminoplast and phenolic resins thereby derived are used substantially as adhesive resins in the manufacture of wood-based materials. However, these materials contain formaldehyde condensation resins as binding agents and can, depending on various factors, emit formaldehyde.

In Germany and other European countries, in accordance with the Chemical Prohibition Order (ChemVerbotsV), solely wood-based materials are stipulated which do not exceed a maximum concentration of 0.1 ppm of formaldehyde in a testing room. The DIBt guideline 100, which applies in the construction field, stipulates so-called "E1" wood-based materials. Furthermore, demand is increasing for the so-called "carb product" wood-based materials, which are approved under Californian law.

The department "Quality Assessment" is active as a testing, monitoring and certification body for building products in accordance with both the state building regulations and the Construction Products Directive. The department’s testing competence is documented through its accreditation in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. Furthermore, it is approved as a testing and certification body (TPC) by the Californian Air Resources Board and is also certified by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) as a laboratory for the measurement of formaldehyde in accordance with the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS).

In addition, our many years of experience are applied in the new and further development of formaldehyde testing methods.

Formaldehyde testing methods

Tests in accordance with European standards
Rule type Details
EN 717-1 Determination of the formaldehyde release in accordance with EN 717-1, all types of wood-based materials and their products in large testing rooms (up to 48 m3) and in 1m3 chambers
EN 717-2 /
EN ISO 12460-3
Determination of the formaldehyde release in accordance with EN 717-2 / EN ISO 12460-3 for coated wood-based materials and non-coated plywood as well as furniture foils in accordance with the gas analysis method
EN 120 /
EN ISO 12460-5
Determination of the formaldehyde content in accordance with EN 120 / EN ISO 12460-5 for non-coated particle board and fibreboard by means of the perforator method

Tests in accordance with American standards
Rule type Details
Chamber method
ASTM 1333,
ASTM D 6007
Determination of formaldehyde release in accordance with the chamber methods ASTM 1333 and ASTM D 6007 for non-coated panel-shaped wood-based materials
Desiccator method ASTM D 5582 Determination of formaldehyde release in accordance with the desiccator method ASTM D 5582

Tests in accordance with Japanese standards
Rule type Details
JIS A 1901 Determination of formaldehyde release in accordance with JIS A 1901 for wood-based materials by means of the 1m³-chamber method
JIS A 1460,
JIS A 5905,
JIS A 5908
Determination of formaldehyde release in accordance with JIS A 1460, JIS A 5905 and JIS A 5908 for non-coated and coated particle and fiberboards by means of the desiccator method
JIS A 6921 Determination of formaldehyde release in accordance with JIS A 6921 for wallpapers by means of the desiccator method
JIS K 5601-4-1 Determination of formaldehyde release in accordance with JIS K 5601-4-1 for paint components by means of the desiccator method
JAS MAFF Determination of formaldehyde release in accordance with JAS MAFF for plywood, OSB and solid wood products