Indoor Air Comfort
Eurofins "Indoor Air Comfort" (IAC) product certification is an innovative tool to show compliance of a product with low VOC emissions criteria set out in Europe on two levels:
Standard level "Indoor Air Comfort - certified product" shows compliance of product emissions with the criteria of all legal specifications issued by authorities in the European Union and its Member States.
Higher level "Indoor Air Comfort GOLD - certified product" shows additional compliance of product emissions with the criteria of many of the voluntary specifications issued by most relevant ecolabels and similar specifications in the EU. Therefore certified products are those with the best-in-class low emissions, thus good for indoor air quality.
More details (regulations, limit values) are in the IAC specification.
The specifications on VOC emissions of these programs are included in the certification:
- Indoor Air Comfort:
- Belgian regulation
- French regulation, A class (or A+ class for ndoor Air Comfort GOLD)
- German regulation, AgBB
- Draft Lithuanian regulation
- Planned Swedish regulation
- E1 classification
Indoor Air Comfort GOLD, on top of the above:
- GUT (except odour testing)
- Several EU ecolabel criteria
- Several Blue Angel criteria
- Several Austrian ecolabel criteria
- LEED outside North America
- FEMB standard for sustainable office furniture
- M1 only partly
- Not included:
- US programs such as CDPH, BIFMA, Cradle-to-cradle, Greenguard
- Danish Indoor Air Climate label
- Any odour and ammonia tests
- But the tests necessary for the above can be supplemented to an Indoor Air Comfort EU test, saving significant costs when compared with separate testing
The Eurofins "Indoor Air Comfort" certificate and label may give market advantages - especially in countries and for products where no public low emission label exists.
A certified product can also apply for whatever covered label on the basis of the test report, as regards VOC emissions into indoor air. But the individual programs may have supplemental requirements, and they may require license fees.