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German AgBB scheme – update June 2021

On 16th June 2021, the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) published the updated AgBB scheme which is in connection with the principles of the German Institute for Structural Engineering (Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik – DIBt) the relevant standard for testing and health evaluation of volatile organic compounds (VVOC, VOC and SVOC) from construction products.

The procedure for product testing, its background and the evaluation may be found here in detail.

At its meeting on 20 February 2008, the AgBB decided that when revised versions of the AgBB evaluation scheme and updated LCI lists are published, the relevant previous version will continue to apply for one more year. This was done in order to give the manufacturers concerned sufficient time to adapt their products to the new requirements.

2021 changes include adoptation of the corresponding EU LCI values in the 2020 LCI/NIK list. For some substances, however, the adoption of the EU LCI values is still under discussion in the AgBB. The compound neodecanoic acid (No. 9-11, CAS 26896-20-8) is newly added to the AgBB LCI/NIK list. For a complete changes overview and testing proposal you can contact Marc Lor via marc.lor@normecgroup.com.

Normec Product Testing is a recognized DIBt test laboratory and offers VOC emissions testing according to the German AgBB requirements.

Normec Product Testing is a an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory which scope explicitly includes all major EU and US test protocols: view our full range of tests and our accreditations and recognitions.

About Normec Product Testing

The Belgian laboratory Servaco was acquired by Normec Group in 2018 and, together with VITO, provides global compliance reports for all relevant product emission test requirements. Normec Product Testing is the trade name, Servaco Product Testing is the legal entity.

Our services

  • Full range of product emission tests, as well as indoor air analysis and assessment. Our experts offer an integrated approach to product emission testing, product content testing, product odor testing, exposure modelling, Indoor Air Quality testing, Life Cycle Assessments en Environmental Product Declarations.
  • Performance tests for evaluating the reduction capacity of building materials and coatings for volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde.
  • Supporting companies in their product development and obtaining the necessary labels and certificates. A unique portfolio of global accreditations and certifications, enabling us to offer combined EU and US testing programs. Each test program and report is customized. Together with the customer, we determine the best and most cost-effective approach.
  • A broad range of tests. View our full range of tests and our accreditations and recognitions.

With a Normec Product Testing report, you as a manufacturer of construction and other materials have access to the entire European and American market.

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