ECO Institut

A German certification for low emissions and pollutant-free materials, ensuring environmental and health safety.

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ECO Institut






The eco-INSTITUT certification, is a rigorous testing program for products like floor coverings, construction materials, mattresses, and furniture. The certification focuses on identifying pollutants, emissions, and hazardous chemicals in these products. The certification is particularly relevant for manufacturers aiming to demonstrate the environmental and health safety of their products.

Key Features

  • Extensive lab tests focus on emissions and the presence of hazardous materials like VOCs, heavy metals, and pesticides.

  • Goes beyond standard legal requirements to ensure health agreeable living and construction products.

  • Evaluates the sustainability of wood used, particularly tropical timber.


To obtain certification, companies must send product samples and a list of materials for initial approval. Independent third parties conduct the initial tests, followed by the Eco Institute's own in-house testing. The process also involves document reviews, including full material declarations and supply chain information, and mandatory factory inspections for non-EU customers. The certification has a strong reputation for thoroughness and credibility, with regular inspections and follow-up testing.

Duration and Renewal

The eco-INSTITUT-Label is valid for two years. Recertification requires a new document review and lab test, in compliance with the latest eco-INSTITUT criteria. If there are changes in the production procedure or composition, an earlier lab test is required. For non-EU customers, another factory inspection may be necessary under certain conditions.

Impact and Significance

The certification offers a high level of assurance to both manufacturers and consumers about the environmental and health safety of the certified products. It also encourages sustainable forestry practices by evaluating the origin of wood used in products. However, the rigorous testing process may be challenging for some manufacturers to navigate, especially those outside the EU who are subject to additional factory inspections.