Granting of Licence

A product to be classified according to EMICODE® shall fulfil the fowolling criteria, established by the Technical Council in the „GEV Classification Criteria“:

  • In general, an EMICODE® labelled product is solvent free. Solvents in this meaning are defined as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) with a boiling point < 200°C under normal conditions (20°C, 1013 hPa). As an exemption for technical needs, only products for wooden floor surface treatments, as well as lacquers, finishes and oils for mineral floors and lacquers for resilient floor coverings may contain solvents as film building agent.
  • A safety data sheet has to be set up. It is recommended to state the EMICODE®-classification in the safety data sheet under point 15, e.g. “EMICODE® EC1 – very low emission”.
  • Substances that have been identified under REACH as carcinogenic, mutagenic toxic to reproduction (“CMR substances” of categories 1A and 1B) shall not be used. Emissions of all volatile organic carcinogenic substances of categories 1A and 1B shall not exceed a total limit value of 10 µg/m³ after 3 days and any such individual VOC shall not exceed 1 µg/m³ after 28 days.
  • Products which are classified in categories 1, 2 or 3 according to European Hazardous Substances Regulation with regard to acute toxic properties (CLP: Part 3: 3.1 acute toxicity) are excluded from the EMICODE®.
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketoxim (MEKO) and Methyl Isobutyl Ketoxim (MIBKO) as well as Acetone oxime (as of 01.01.2020) must not be added or released during curing for reasons of occupational safety and odour.
  • Testing has to be performed in accordance to the “GEV-testing method”. These tests shall be performed by a laboratory accredited for this type of tests according to ISO 17025 comprising the GEV test method or the EN 16516. The documentation of test results is operated by the producer according to intra-company rules. A list of recommended laboratories is published here.
  • The classification into EMICODE® classes is carried out according to the product group after fulfilment of all requirements from the tables mentioned under “Limit values“. The appropriate EMICODE® class must be used for product labelling.

Granting of Licence

A product to be classified according to EMICODE® shall fulfil the fowolling criteria, established by the Technical Council in the „GEV Classification Criteria“:

  • In general, an EMICODE® labelled product is solvent free. Solvents in this meaning are defined as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) with a boiling point < 200°C under normal conditions (20°C, 1013 hPa). As an exemption for technical needs, only surface coatings for wood flooring may contain solvents as film building agent.
  • A safety data sheet has to be set up. It is recommended to state the EMICODE®-classification in the safety data sheet under point 15, e.g. “EMICODE® EC1 – very low emission”.
  • Substances that have been identified under REACH as carcinogenic, mutagenic toxic to reproduction (“CMR substances” of categories 1A and 1B) shall not be used. Emissions of all volatile organic carcinogenic substances of categories 1A and 1B shall not exceed a total limit value of 10 µg/m³ after 3 days and any such individual VOC shall not exceed 1 µg/m³ after 28 days.
  • Products which are classified in categories 1, 2 or 3 according to European Hazardous Substances Regulation with regard to acute toxic properties (CLP: Part 3: 3.1 acute toxicity) are excluded from the EMICODE®.
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketoxim (MEKO) and Methyl Isobutyl Ketoxim (MIBKO) as well as Acetone oxime (as of 01.01.2020) must not be added or released during curing for reasons of occupational safety and odour.
  • Testing has to be performed in accordance to the “GEV-testing method”. These tests shall be performed by a laboratory accredited for this type of tests according to ISO 17025 comprising the GEV test method or the EN 16516. The documentation of test results is operated by the producer according to intra-company rules. A list of recommended laboratories is published here.
  • The classification into EMICODE® classes is carried out according to the product group after fulfilment of all requirements from the tables mentioned under “Limit values“. The appropriate EMICODE® class must be used for product labelling.

Laboratories

The GEV does not perform any tests itself.

In order to maintain its status as an impartial industry association it commissions external test laboratories.

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