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Application Note 131

The development of standard methods relating to vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ) and how to comply with them

Application Note 131

Vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ) has been a topic of interest since the late 1970s, when concern over the effect of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs) on the indoor environment began to be replicated in the automotive industry.

This application note discusses the introduction of regulations limiting the quantities of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds allowed in vehicle cabin air, and describes the evolution of harmonised, globally applicable standard methods for sampling and measuring them.

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