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New analysis method assesses materials used in the interior of automobiles

02 March 2020
INEGI's Indoor Air Quality Laboratory now performs analysis of low molecular weight aldehydes and ketones in automotive products, in accordance with GMW 15635 and equivalent standards (VDA275; PV3925; VCS 1027,2739; PSA D40 5535; FLTM BZ 156-01 sections A and B and AA-0061).

The newly implemented analysis method has as its main target formaldehyde and acetaldehyde compounds, considered mutagenic and potentially carcinogenic. They are therefore subject to tight control by car manufacturers and car component manufacturers.

Gabriela Ventura, who is responsible for the laboratory, highlights that "the determination of these compounds in materials integrated in automobiles is essential to meet the requirements of the major brands and regulatory entities that operate in the global market". "Polymer manufacturers are an example of industries that can now count on INEGI to support development and thus create cleaner and safer products," he adds.

The vast majority of components inside cars use plastics that often contain volatile organic compounds and other chemical compounds, which affect the quality of indoor air in vehicles and, consequently, the health of their occupants. INEGI's Indoor Air Quality Laboratory operates in this area and is one of the first Portuguese laboratories accredited to dedicate itself to the detailed characterization of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the scope of the indoor environment and construction materials.
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