A practical solution to place products on the market in compliance with Directive 2004/42/EC

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Posted By: Selerant EHS

A practical solution to place products on the market in compliance with Directive 2004/42/ECA VOC, acronym of Volatile Organic Compounds, is defined in directive 2004/42/EC as any organic compound with a starting boiling point lesser or equal than 250°C, measured at a standard pressure of 101,3 kPa.


European directive 2004/42/EC has the objective of limiting total VOC content in specific paints and varnishes, as well as in vehicle refinishing products, therefore lowering the amount of VOC released in the atmosphere. It is supposed that the next revision will include further product groups, but it is not clear when it will be published.

Annex I of this directive specifies what product categories are subject to these limitations, while Annex II specifies the maximum VOC content in paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing products. These limit values are intended for the ready to use product. The product must show on its label specific information, as detailed in the directive.

You can access the full text of the directive here.


Article 4 of Directive 2004/42/EC defines labeling criteria for these products. Therefore, they can be placed on the market only when their labels state:

  • product type as defined in Annex I, alongside the specific VOC limit value in g/l as defined in Annex II;
  • maximum VOC content allowed for the product, expressed in g/l of ready to use product.

Example of labeling according to 2004/42/CE



Example of labeling according to 2004/42/CE

Our solution

Our Trace One SDS Authoring Suite helps you in managing VOC information of substances contained in your preparations thanks to a database of existing information, as well as being able to calculate VOC contents in compliance with Directive 2004/42/EC. The result is then ready to be shown in Safety Data Sheet and label, according to the criteria defined in the aforementioned Directive.

To know more about all software solutions concerning Trace One SDS Authoring Professional, Trace One SDS Authoring Corporate and HSM, contact our Customer Service here: EU-customer-service@selerant.com

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