2. 2. 8. Limits for volatile aromatic hydrocarbons

description relevant product categories 


Aromatic hydrocarbons are benzene-based compounds. As defined in the guidelines of Decopaint (2004/42/EG) volatile aromatic hydrocarbons have a maximum boilingpoint of 250°C at standard pressure of 101,3 kPa.Aromatics such as toluene, ethyl benzene or xylene are mainly used as thinners in cellulose-nitrate and synthetic resin varnishes. Certain emulsion adhesives for flooring may also contain aromatic solvents. Aromatics are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are assessed as involving considerable health hazards.

minimum requirement

The maximum admissible content of volatile aromatic hydrocarbons is 1% by weight.


Manufacturer's declaration.

In the case of powder mixtures, this criterion is regarded as met.

Alternatively, the corresponding baubook declaration may serve as evidence (www.baubook.info/oea).

Change of criteria

Criterion 2.2.8 has been split into two criteria (2.2.8 and 2.2.16) =>

2. 2. 8. Limits for aromatic hydrocarbons: limit value max. 1 percent by weight; applies to the following tender groups:

 2. 2. 16. Ban of volatile aromatic hydrocarbons: Impurities up to a content of 0.01% by weight (100 ppm) are tolerable; applies to the following tender groups:


Date of criteria revise: 03/04/2024

Criteria revise valid from: 03/04/2024

Type of change: Minor - editorial


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