Glues used in the manufacture of furniture
The use of environmentally and health-hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous formaldehyde, emitted from glues used in the manufacture of the product, can be reduced by using this requirement.
- Technical specification
The content of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)1 in the glues used in the furniture shall not exceed 10% by weight.
The content of formaldehyde in the glues used in the furniture shall not exceed 0.2% by weight. The requirement applies to glue without added hardener.
The supplier shall be able to prove, on request, that the requirement has been fulfilled. [The contracting organisation] may request that the data be verified by an independent third party.
1Volatile organic compound is defined under Directive 2010/75/EU as an organic compound and the fraction of creosote which at 293,15 k has a vapour pressure of at least 0.01 kPa or which has equivalent volatility under the specific conditions of use.
When requested, the supplier must be able to present for example one of the following:
- Labellings that meet the requirement, such as a valid license for
- EU Ecolabel for furniture
- Svanen (Nordic Swan Ecolabelling), Furniture and furnishings, version 4 or later
- Technical documentation from the manufacturer demonstrating that the requirement is met
- The company's self-declaration/supplier's declaration including technical documentation of compliance verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task according to ISO/IEC 17029 or equivalent standard.
If the requirement has been verified with a labelling, verification can be carried out by checking that there is a valid license for the product in question. This is checked on the respective website: Möbelfakta, Svanen (Nordic Swan Ecolabelling), EU Ecolabel,
If the requirement has been verified with documentation, carry out random checks and check that the values are below the requirement’s limit value.
Self-declaration verified by an accredited verification body
Request the company's self-declaration including technical documentation of compliance verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task according to ISO/IEC 17029.
Subject matter of contract
Sustainable procurement of furniture
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
- Current ID
- Version date