DS/CEN/TS 16637-1:2014 ( Withdrawn )

Construction products - Assessment of release of dangerous substances - Part 1: Guidance for the determination of leaching tests and additional testing steps

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(1) This Technical Specification allows the identification of the appropriate leaching test method for the determination of the release of Regulated Dangerous Substances from construction products into soil, surface water and groundwater. This document provides a stepwise procedure for the determination of appropriate release tests, including:
a) guidance for the identification of construction products potentially emitting Regulated Dangerous Substances;
b) determination of the test method based on general product properties;
c) choice of the test method using specific product properties.
(2) Furthermore, this Technical Specification gives general guidance for CEN Technical Product Committees on basic aspects (sampling, sample preparation and storage, eluate treatment, analysis of eluates and documentation) to be specified in the relevant product standards.
(3) Metallic products, coatings on metallic products and organic coatings for metals are not considered in the determination scheme of this Technical Specification since the test method in CEN/TS 16637-2 (tank test) is not appropriate for the testing of these construction products due to a different release mechanism (solubility control).
NOTE – Metallic products are excluded from the scope of CEN/TS 16637-2 because the principles of that test (diffusion) are not obeyed by these products. Metallic products have shown pH dependent solubility control, which means that metals released from the oxidation layer on the metal until the maximum possible solubility level at the prevailing pH conditions in the surrounding water is reached (more water in contact with the same metal surface means more metals released and more time does not lead to more release due to solubility control). Maximum level of release can often be reached in minutes to hours. More generally, it can be stated that expression of results for metallic surfaces in mg/(m2•s) is always "conditional", i.e. dependent on the local conditions at whic ...

Number of pages: 52

Published: 2014-09-25

Date of approval: 2014-09-18

Date of withdrawal: 2018-10-17

International relationships : CEN/TS 16637-1:2014 IDT

ICS: 13.040.20 - Ambient atmospheres 19.040 - Environmental testing 91.100.01 - Construction materials in general

Item number: M273372



  • CEN/TC 351
  • CEN/TC 351/WG 1

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