2. 6. 2. Limit for free formaldehyde

description relevant product categories 


Formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasers, which slowly liberate formaldehyde, are used as preservatives among others in emulsion-based paints and adhesives. Formaldehyde is a strong allergen and has been classified as carcinogenic by the WHO.

minimum requirement

The maximum content of free formaldehyde is 10 ppm (0.001% by weight). Formaldehyde releasers may only be added in quantities that do not result in an overall free formaldehyde content over 10 ppm.

Safety data sheet as amended by Regulation (EU) No 453/2010, and manufacturer's declaration.

In the case of powder plastering and spackle, this criterion is regarded as met.


All products awarded one of the following organic eco labels meet these criteria:

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


baubook green procurement
Harmonised “EcoBuildingCriteria” provided by “ÖkoKauf Wien” and “service package sustainable construction in Vorarlberg”