European Commission launches study on smoke toxicity of construction products
On the 9th of January, the European Commission and the Directorate-General for Internal Market (DG Growth) launched a study on smoke toxicity of construction products.
The aim of the research is to test whether construction materials release toxic smoke when burning.
As underlined by the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (Cei-Bois), "under the current Construction Products Regulation (CPR) materials are not tested for smoke toxicity, even though direct exposure to fumes during a fire and firefighters' exposure in particular can have consequences on health." That is why the findings of the new research will be particularly relevant for future regulation.
The European Timber Industry will be represented in the study by CEI-Bois that will also monitor the testing with the help of a fire expert.