The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment wants to stimulate sustainable production and consumption and therefore, lays down conditions for bringing products onto the market. These conditions have been laid down in the Law Product Standards (Law of December 21st, 1998 concerning the product standards for the advancement of sustainable production and consumption patterns and for the protection of the environment).
In 2008, two lines of policy were established for construction products, on the basis of consultation and studies.
- First of all, we aim at a healthy indoors environment by dealing with the sources. For this purpose we undertake awareness raising actions, prepare legislation, amongst others concerning emissions of hazardous substances from floor covering and are actively involved in regional and European initiatives.
- Secondly, we want the global environmental impact of all products which are placed or made available on the market to be known for the entire life cycle. For this, we support the development of environmental product declarations (EPDs) by creating a legal framework, the establishment of a federal databank and by collaborating with regional and European initiatives.
In addition, we examine the environmental impact of different insulation products and actively participate in 2 aspects of the Construction Products Regulation, particularly “hygiene, health and environment” and “sustainable use of natural resources”.