Skip to main content
  • Press Release

UL ECO-INSTITUT Approved as Testing Lab for Carpet Label GUT

August 9, 2012

MARIETTA, Ga., August 9, 2012—Leading product emissions and chemical content testing provider UL ECO-INSTITUT, part of UL Environment, announced today that it is approved as a pollutant and emission testing laboratory by the Association of Environmentally Friendly Carpets e. V. (GUT). For more than 20 years, GUT has been considered a leading carpet label in Europe and it is an integral part of the European product information system for textile floor coverings: PRODIS.

“We are delighted to offer testing to carpet manufacturers that meets all of the relevant European requirements on pollutants and emissions,” says Dr. Frank Kuebart, founder and CEO of UL ECO-INSTITUT. “In addition to ‘GUT,’ the Blue Angel, M1 and legal requirements are those that are currently required in Germany and France.”

UL ECO-INSTITUT, located in Cologne, Germany, is an approved testing, inspection and certification body for CE marking and for the national technical approvals by the German Institute for Structural Engineering (DIBt).

GUT’s testing requirements for certification are divided into three segments: a carpet pollutant test for heavy metals, plasticisers, biocides, pesticides and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs); a stringent emission test (according to ISO 16000) for carcinogens, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), Semi Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOC), formaldehydes and other aldehydes, among others; and a sensory odour test for the floor covering.

For more information, contact Dipl. Holzwirt Daniel Tigges at: +49 221 931 245 30, or email:


UL ECO-INSTITUT joined the UL Global Network as part of UL Environment in May 2012. It ranks among the leading providers for emission and pollutant testing of construction and furnishing products. The independent and accredited testing laboratory, located in Cologne, Germany, operates roughly 85 emission test chambers and evaluates products according to national and international requirements and criteria. Additional information about UL ECO-INSTITUT may be found at

About UL Environment

UL Environment works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. We help companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting. For more information, visit