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Vehicle Interior Air Quality Testing

Through our testing and advisory services, we can help you manage your supply chain to minimize volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from interior vehicle components and comply with complex industry regulations — giving you an opportunity to expand into other markets.

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Overview

Our chemical emissions testing and advisory services can help you minimize VOC emissions from a vehicle’s interior components by helping you better manage your supply chain. Our chemical emissions testing uses advanced technology to detect and measure VOC emissions from materials and components. That means our experts will have the resources and knowledge they need to advise you on the best course of action. We’ll help you select better materials earlier in the design process, confirm performance of complete assemblies prior to mass production, and monitor the quality of raw materials throughout the production of a vehicle.

Hundreds of VOCs, which off-gas from the materials and finishes used in car interiors, can be present in the air inside of a new vehicle. VOCs can cause odor complaints and have been linked to numerous health concerns.

Benefits

Our advisory services can help you make sustainable choices, mitigate risks, avoid costly design changes, and comply with increasingly complex regulations. Our global network of laboratories uses advanced technology to detect and measure VOC emissions from materials and components, and we have the capability to test to all the major manufacturer-specific methods, including International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and German Association for the Automotive Industry (VDA). Combined, these efforts can help you avoid unforeseen impacts to final vehicles that can delay product release.

More importantly, working with us can give you the opportunity to tell a compelling sustainability story, helping you capture real value for your efforts. As the demand for healthier products increases, not only can this story help you grow your business in a green marketplace, it can also showcase your sustainability efforts at a consumer level.

Why UL

We are committed to making the world a safer place — we’ve been doing it since 1894. Having evaluated and tested thousands of products for chemical emissions, we are a trusted leader in the science of safety. Our VOC emissions tests from interior components can help confirm that your products comply with industry regulations, and our familiarity with national and international emissions testing standards can help you maximize efficiency and reduce costs. Above all else, our advisory services in this arena can help you make more sustainable choices, which is a true a benefit to everyone.

Related standards

  • ISO 12219-1:2012 Whole vehicle test chamber

  • ISO 12219-2:2012 VOC Bag method

  • ISO 12219-3:2012 Micro-scale chamber method

  • ISO 12219-4:2012 Small chamber method

  • ISO 12219-5:2014 Static chamber method

  • ISO 12219-6 DRAFT Small chamber SVOC method

  • ISO 12219-7 DRAFT Odor method (in vehicle and chamber)

  • ISO 12219-8 DRAFT Handling of components emissions testing

  • ISO 16000 Part 6 / EPA TO-17 / ASTM D 6196

  • ISO 16000 Part 3 / EPA TO-11 / ASTM D 5197

  • JASO Z 123 “Road vehicles - Interior - Measurement methods of diffused volatile organic compounds (VOC)“

  • JASO Z 125

  • JASO M 902  VOC Bag Method

  • HJ/T400 Test method

  • GB 27360 Standard

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