Formaldehyde in wood-based panels
Formaldehyde, which is toxic, corrosive, allergenic and carcinogenic, may be included in the glue in wood-based panels and can leach from the products.
- Technical specification
Furniture, with wood-based boards containing formaldehyde-based additives, shall meet the emission requirement to be classified as E1 according to the standard "Wood-based panels for use in construction – Characteristics, conformity evaluation and labelling" SS-EN 13986:2004+A1:2015 or equivalent standard.
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.
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
- Svanen (Nordic Swan Ecolabelling), Furniture and furnishings, version 4 or later
- EU Ecolabel
- Certificate/test protocol showing that the product meets TSCA Title VI
- 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 analytical reports, conduct random checks of the analytical reports and verify that the values are below the requirement’s limit value. Also check that the analyses were carried out by an accredited laboratory.
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
Information about the criterion
There are currently no accredited verification bodies according to ISO/IEC 17029 (Conformity Assessment – General Principles and Requirements for Validation and Verification Bodies), as it is a relatively new standard. However, this may change, especially if the demand to verify compliance in this way increases. This possibility is therefore included in the list of possible evidence. More information about the standard can be found on Swedac's website.
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