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VOC – Paints and varnishes

Directive 2004/42/EC, also known as the paints directive, aims to limit the emissions of substances which promote the forming of ground-level ozone. The Directive governs the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) by restricting the content of such substances in certain paints and varnishes and vehicle refinishing products. VOC means volatile organic compounds.

Consolidated text of Directive 2004/42/EC

Directive 2004/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council  on the limitation of paints and varnishes and vehicle refinishing products.
(last consolidated on 10 December 2010).

Amendments and corrections

There are no amendments or corrections that are not included in the consolidated text of the directive.

All amendments and corrections to Directive 2004/42/EC are accessible in EUR-Lex.

Basic directive

Directive 2004/42/EC of 21 April 2004.

Implemented through Swedish legislation

The Swedish Chemicals Agency’s Chemical Products and Biotechnical Organisms Regulations (KIFS 2017:7), in chapter 6.