Keeping VOCs and SVOCs out of car interiors
All leading car manufacturers and a large number of their suppliers rely on GERSTEL technology. Analyses are regularly performed to ensure that materials used in or near the vehicle interior do not emit dangerous levels of volatile or semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs).
A method that is often used world-wide is the VDA 278 from the German Automobile Producers Association (VDA). The VDA 278 method specifies thermal desorption / thermal extraction of materials that are placed directly in thermal desorption tubes followed by GC/MS determination.