Resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings

Resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings are covered by EN 14041:2004/AC:2006 and include, amongst others:

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and rubber floor coverings: This type of floor covering usually consists of a wear layer, optional intermediate layers and a substrate. The floor coverings can be homogeneous or heterogeneous.

Textile floor coverings: This type of floor covering consists of a wear layer, a substrate and a backing layer or heavy coating. It is laid over the entire area.

Laminate floor coverings: This type of floor covering usually consists of a wear layer (surface layer) made of melamine resins or lacquer systems, with differently printed decorative layers, a substrate made of high-density fibreboard and a backing layer. Laminate floor coverings can additionally be laminated with an insulating layer at the back.

Composite floor coverings: This type of floor covering can be made of various materials. A wear layer is laminated on a substrate. Under this is the backing layer. An additional insulating layer can also be present.

Regulatory framework

Resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings are relevant from a regulatory point of view if they are 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 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 floor coverings in accordance with EN 14041:2004/AC:2006 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 resilient, textile or laminate floor 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'.

For textile floor coverings, fulfilment of the regulatory requirements can be verified based on the Technical Rule for textile floor coverings, cf. Annex 9 of the MVV TB. It may be pertinent to involve a body qualified under Article 43 of the EU Construction Products Regulation for this.

In this work area, DIBt prepares European Technical Assessments (ETAs) and 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: September 2021

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.

Auftrag zur Erstellung eines Gutachtens (4 pages)

über die Einhaltung bauaufsichtlicher Anforderungen an bauliche Anlagen bei Einbau des bezeichneten Bauprodukts

  • abZ/aBG
  • Z = new decision | E = supplement | Ä = amendment | V = renewal | G = valid until
    Subject concerned Applicant Decision no. Validity
    from / to
    "REGUPOL ballistic FH-45"

    REGUPOL BSW GmbH

    Am Hilgenacker 24

    57319 Bad Berleburg

    Z-156.608-522 Z: 02.03.2022
    G: 02.03.2027
    Fußbodenpaneele "Drytiling mit Drytiling Dispersionsfuge pastös"

    HPC SOLUTIONS AG

    Hohenstaufenstraße 49

    73547 Lorch

    Z-156.610-1373 Z: 30.04.2019
    G: 29.03.2024
    Verbundbodenbeläge "Drytile"

    Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG

    Servaisstraße 9

    53347 Alfter-Witterschlick

    Z-156.610-1696 Z: 06.01.2022
    G: 06.01.2027

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

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