Decorative wall coverings

Decorative wall coverings in roll or panel form are primarily applied to interior walls, partitions or ceilings for decorative purposes. They can be made of a variety of materials (e.g. vinyl, foamed plastic, cork, glass fibres, coated paper etc.) and be made of one or multiple layers.

Regulatory framework

Plastic-based decorative wall covering (e.g. vinyl wall covering on paper, textile or non-woven substrates, plastic wall covering) is relevant from a regulatory perspective if it is used in accommodation areas (indoor spaces regularly occupied by people) or adjoining rooms that are not partitioned from them because emissions from these products have an influence on the indoor air quality.

For these products, national technical approvals were granted until October 2016 for verification of health protection. As a result of the implementation of the judgement of the European Court of Justice of 16 October 2014 in case C-100/13, national technical approvals are no longer granted for these products if they bear the CE marking on the basis of the Construction Products Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 305/2011). The products may not be marked with the national conformity mark. Approvals for which the period of validity has not yet expired are listed below. They can be used on a voluntary basis to prove fulfilment of the regulatory requirements.

In accordance with the Administrative Provisions – Technical Building Rules (VV TB) of the federal states, requirements pertaining to the release of volatile organic compounds apply, cf. the common model MVV TB, Part A 3.2.1 and Annex 8.

No performance regarding release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be declared for plastic-based decorative wall coverings in accordance with EN 15102:2007+A1:2011 based on said standard. To declare such performance related to the release of VOCs, European Technical Assessment (ETA) can be requested.

Also, evaluations verifying the fitness for use of plastic-based decorative wall coverings in terms of health protection can be issued in accordance with MVV TB, Section D 3 'Technical documentation pursuant to Section 85a(2) point (6) MBO'.

In this work area, DIBt prepares European Technical Assessments (ETAs) and voluntary evaluations for verifying the fitness for use of the products in terms of health protection.

Principles, guidance, recommendations

Application forms

European Technical Assessment (ETA)

To start the ETA procedure, please submit the form below. We will then check if the prerequisites for issuing an ETA are met, i.e., in particular, if the product is not fully covered by an existing harmonised standard. If the prerequisites are met, we will check whether a European Assessment Document (EAD) covering the requested assessment scope already exists or still needs to be developed. If an EAD needs to be developed or amended, a complete technical file needs to be established before the procedure can begin.

Form for requesting a European Technical Assessment (ETA) (2 pages)

Last updated: 16 June 2022

Voluntary evaluations of fitness for use

Where the relevant harmonised standard is incomplete, economic actors can provide product performance information on a voluntary basis. DIBt offers independent validation and confirmation of such additional performance information in the form of a voluntary evaluation of fitness for use.

Order for an evaluation (4 pages)

of fitness for use of construction products

  • ETA
  • Subject concerned Applicant Decision no. Issued on
    ClickBoard, Home, Style, Novara, RapidoClick and MilanoClick

    PARADOR GmbH

    Millenkamp 7-8

    48653 Coesfeld

    DEUTSCHLAND

    ETA-19/0869 15.01.2021
    MEISTERPaneele

    MeisterWerke Schulte GmbH

    Johannes-Schulte-Allee 5

    59602 Rüthen / Meiste

    DEUTSCHLAND

    ETA-20/0892 30.11.2021

Dr Astrid Gräff
Head of Section – Health Protection, Indoor Hygiene, Protection Against Radiation from Construction Products

Phone +49 30 78730-434
Email alu(at)dibt(.)de

Legal reference documents

Testing, certification, inspection