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GUT-PRODIS PRODUCT PASSPORT
The new Product Passport provides detailed and transparent information on the environmental properties and performance standards for each product.
The Licence Number
Each licence number is unique to each carpet and identifies the product and manufacturer. When used with the QR code, all the information on the Product Passport can be accessed directly from the GUT - PRODIS database.
Basic product information
Details of the selected product
Within the scope of EN1307 a full product description as well as technical information is needed to identify and classify each textile floor-covering. This includes information on the type of carpet and production process, the surface fibre and type, and the type of backing materials. Material composition is also important and must include the amount of recycled content in each component. If this information is used in conjunction with the technical data; i.e weight, total thickness and tuft density, the carpet can be accurately identified and categorised.
The European Standard EN 1307 describes procedures for testing and classifying textile floor coverings which are used in domestic and commercial interiors. Once the carpets have been tested, they are divided into product types and ‘in-use’ classifications which are further enhanced by adding other usage properties, such as suitability for stairs or for use with castor chairs. These classifications provide the consumer with essential information about the product and make it easier to choose a product appropriate to the area of use in the home or workplace. The classification system is primarily intended to prevent premature wear by products not being used in the appropriate areas. The use classifications are:
1)Domestic use: classes 21,22 and 23. 2) Commercial use: classes 31, 32, and 33
For further information please refer to the classification of textile floor coverings and the relevant pictograms.
Further essential properties to comply with the European Construction Products Regulation are defined within EN14041 and can be found in the section on CE Markings.
The GUT-PRODIS licence number is only given to those products which meet special requirements regarding VOC emissions, the use of chemicals in production, and includes information on any flame retardants or other special materials used.
The GUT-PRODIS licence number is only given to those products which meet special requirements regarding VOC emissions and the use of chemicals in production. The use of SVHC substances is prohibited. should it be ‘specifc requirements’ rather than ‘special requirements’.
Within the framework of the GUT criteria, active use of SVHC substances in the manufacture of textile floor coverings is not permitted.
According to REACH Art 33 there is an obligation to inform as soon as SVHC substances are contained in a product in concentrations of > 0.1 weight percent.
Based on the weight of an average carpet, a content of 0.1% corresponds to a quantity of SVHC of 1.7 g/m².
In the product passport the information is provided in 3 steps even if the legally required limit of 0.1 weight percent is not reached.
The product contains SVHC substances based on the current candidate list in concentrations below 0.1 % (1 g/kg).
Name and CAS number of the substance(s)
The product contains SVHC substances based on the current candidate list in concentrations below 0.05 % (0.5 g/kg).
Name and CAS number of the substance(s)
The product contains no SVHC substances based on the current candidate list
This information will be available from spring 2021.
Textile floor coverings belong to the building products group, while fitted carpets belong to the home textiles group.
Therefore, only textile floor coverings are subject to the CE marking obligation under the Construction Products Directive. This means that the manufacturer must explicitly declare certain essential characteristics of the construction product. It must also be ensured that the declared performance is maintained throughout the entire life cycle of the construction product. Therefore every producer is obliged to confirm this on the performance certificate with his signature. Usually these certificates are handed over to the buyer in paper form when the product is purchased.
The CE label
The CE label must be applied to the product or packaging. The information on the CE label and the certificate of performance must correspond.
With the "Digital CE label", participating companies now make this information available electronically for the first time as part of the PRODIS product passport. This will ensure that the consumer can access the necessary information at any time.
The certificate of constancy of performance is available for download in all official EU languages.
prepared according to EN 15804 and validated by a neutral body
The Product Passport provides various types of EPDs. These include so-called generic EPDs, which are based on average data for a defined product group and are used when no EPD is available from the manufacturer. For this purpose, GUT has prepared a large number of EPDs, which can also be accessed via the database (Ökobaudat) of the Federal Ministry of Construction.
If manufacturer-specific EPDs are available, they are offered for download. These EPDs are product-specific and are used to calculate the environmental impact of buildings.
All available EPDs are based on independently validated life cycle assessments and are registered with the Institut Bauen und Umwelt IBU, Berlin (see www.epd-online.com). The EPDs are also registered on the ECO Platform and are therefore valid throughout Europe.
The information is given both relatively in % and absolutely in g/m².
For organic materials, a distinction is made between polymeric materials and renewable organic materials, such as plant (jute, sisal, cotton or linen) and animal fibre materials (wool or goat hair).
In the case of polymeric materials, bio-based polymers are also declared separately.
The exact calculation bases are currently being worked out within the framework of a CEN draft standard.
It is expected that the standard will be available in spring 2021.