A new product group "Wood-, Cork- and Bamboo-based Floor Coverings" is replacing the previous criteria for "Wooden Floor Coverings", enlarging its scope. The new criteria require that any virgin wood, cork, bamboo and rattan in the finished products originates from certified sustainably managed forests.  In addition, a new set of criteria have been introduced to ensure low energy consumption in manufacturing. Furthermore, the new criteria drastically limit the VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) content. In order to promote this new set of criteria, the European Commission is planning to organise a series of workshops. The first one targeting the wood product sector will take place in Germany during the first half of 2017.

 

The criteria are valid until 2023.

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