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Emissions & Odours from materials : Workshop & Conference

[29-07-2019]

The 14th edition of the “Emissions and odours from materials” took place on October 7 and 8. A workshop on odours and VOCs remediation specifically dedicated to industry partners was held on Certech facilities followed by a conference in Brussels. Around 100 participants from all-over the world attended the two-day confirming the interest of the industry for this topic.



During the last two decades, there has been increasing concern within the scientific community over the effects of VOC exposure on health. Public awareness of environmental, health and safety issues related to air quality has grown significantly. Regulations and labelling of products have been promoted by the governments, resulting in ever more stringent specifications for the industry regarding the emission of volatile compounds from materials.

Plastic materials, coatings and inks, adhesives, flooring materials, furniture, textiles, insulating materials emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) that contribute to the indoor air quality in terms of odours and pollutants. In food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, volatiles released by the packaging can have an impact on the organoleptic perception of the products and even on their quality. Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) present in a food contact material/article are chemical products that can migrate from the material into food and requires often high sensitive analysis .

New consumer products and new biobased/recycled materials coming today on the marketplace have to be evaluated for their VOC release, including their contribution to the odour perception of the products.

The need for communication between professionals working on this subject is obvious, particularly with respect to discussing research results, disseminating information, promoting activities …

With the participation of leading industry professionals, standards & regulatory experts, R&D scientists, material specialists, industry analysts and market players, the conference offers an ideal platform for best practice sharing and acquiring new knowledge from participants and speakers.