How to apply for an emission classification

How to apply for an emission classification


Product testing

Products are tested in an approved testing laboratory before sending in an application. Sample selection, analysis and measurements of material emissions must be performed at a competent and impartial laboratory approved by the classification working group.

Practical information concerning the selection, packaging and sending of the sample can be received from the laboratory.

The applicant is responsible for all the expenses arising from the testing required for the application. The applicant pays the costs of testing directly to the testing institute.

Eg. following information shall be given, detailed information can be found from the testing protocol:

  • production date
  • product delivery day

The products are to be tested with regard to the following characteristics:

  • total volatile organic compounds (TVOC)
  • formaldehyde HCOH
  • ammonia NH3
  • carcinogens
  • odours

Product groups are formed before testing

If the products are so similar that emissions can be verified in one measurement only shall the product groups be formed and agreed on with the classification working group before testing.

New application

After testing products shall an application be send to The Building Information Foundation RTS sr. The Building Information Foundation RTS sr treats all documents and information submitted by applicants in support of their application in confidence. Applications for an emission classification for a building material are submitted to the Building Information Foundation RTS sr on an application form drawn up for this purpose.

  • Testing results 
  • Chromatogram
  • Instruction for use
  • Specific product information
  • Safety Data Sheet 
  • Application

When filing a new application the research report must not be more than one (1) year old.

Continuation application (without testing)

The classification is granted for three years. If the composition and method of manufacturing the product have not changed, the classification can be continued by application for another three years without testing provided that the required testing methods and the criteria set for the products have not altered fundamentally. All applications will always be examined in accordance with the current requirements set for testing methods and the criteria set for the products.

Renewal application

If the classification of the product has already been continued without testing, the product shall be tested again for the renewal of the classification.

Product labelling and marketing

The classification is valid for three years. Right of use of a classification label provides the company which has been granted classification the right to label the classified product with the label and to use the label for marketing purposes. The company must use the valid classification symbol, which is a registered trade mark.

The classification label can be used for advertising and marketing the classified product alone. The classification label must not be used in marketing in such a way that it refers to the company as a whole or to products which have not been granted classification. It is not allowed to use stick-on labels, decal or glued labels in marketing.

Product specifications should indicate restrictions relating to the use and application of the products in particular and any aspects which might give rise to an increase in emissions such as

  • applications, suitability
  • base requirements (humidity, temperature)
  • preliminary treatments
  • operational safety
  • packaging
  • transportation (packaging)
  • storage (storage conditions, i.e., packed, wrapped in plastic etc.)
  • instructions for use and installation
  • cleaning instructions (pH requirements of detergent)
  • environmental protection and waste management. 

Obligation to give notice of changes to product 

The holder of right of use is under an obligation to give the Building Information Foundation RTS sr prior notice of changes relating to the methods of manufacturing the product, its composition etc. if these changes affect the properties on the basis of which the classification was granted.

Sample testing of classified products

The quality of classified products is verified through sample testing. The products to be tested are selected annually by lot by Committee Indoor Air Classification (PT 17).