On 25 January 2017, the EU published Decision (EU) 2017/176 in the official EU Journal establishing EU Ecolabel criteria for wood, cork and bamboo based floor coverings. The new criteria require that any virgin wood, cork, bamboo and rattan in the finished products originate from certified sustainably managed forests.
In addition, the Ecolabel criteria include a set of measures to ensure low energy consumption for manufacturing, drastically limit the VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) content, and ban use of harmful chemicals for flame retardant, binding and finishing applications.
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme, which means that producers, importers and retailers can choose to apply for the label for their products.
While not mandatory for the specified product, the green procurement policies of many EU authorities now recognize and may give preference to products bearing the EU Ecolabel.