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Interlaboratory comparison measurements for the assessment of organic emissions according to Volkswagen Group standards

During spring/summer of 2021 ITC laboratory took a part in round robin comparison for emission tests of car interior materials according to Volkswagen standards, namely fogging, organic carbon emission and odour test acc. PV 3015, PV 3900 and PV 3341.

The round robin test was organised by German institute DRRR (Deutsches Referenzbüro für Ringversuche und Referenz¬materialien). Laboratory of ITC had performed very well in this comparison, with “great success” in all tested parameters.

For emission tests of car interior materials you can contact Dip. Ing. Jitka Bakalova, jbakalova@itczlin.cz, +420 577 601 453

ITC services regarding ROHS 3

Since July 22, 2019 „RoHS 3“ (2015/863/EC) updated of so called “RoHS 2” directive (No. 2011/65/EC) will come in force, laying down extended requirements on electric and electronic devices.

Except for heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Hg, Cr VI+) and polybrominated flame retardants (PBBs and PDEs) four phthalic acid esters (phthalates) were newly added:
Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, Butyl benzyl phthalate, Di butyl phthalate a Di iso butyl phthalate in the amount, not exceeded 0,1 w/w % in mass of homogenous material.
Problematic can be thus PVC softened material, like cable insulations then paintings, glues and softened plastics.

Laboratories of ITC are ready to determine all these substances. Years of experiences with such a type of analysis gives you quality assurance regarding analysis results. For request, please, contact:

Ing. David Grebeníček dgrebenicek@itczlin.cz
Ing. Iveta Řezníčková ireznickova@itczlin.cz

Online access to Toyota standard database

Upon agreement with TOYOTA company Institute for Testing and Certification, inc. got direct access to the database of Toyota standards, which are relevant to testing of automotive components, intended to TOYOTA cars. We believe that this step forward helps to perform better services towards you – our clients.

For physical tests, please, contact:
Lenka Nesvadbova, lnesvadbova@itczlin.cz or
Dr. Petra Skabrahova, pskabrahova@itczlin.cz

For emission tests, please, contact:
Dipl. Ing. Jitka Bakalova, jbakalova@itczlin.cz

Information on emission behavior tests according to the VW Group's VW 50180 standard for car interior parts


Relocation of part of ATL 1004 - Physical Laboratory from the Central Laboratories of Louky Zlín to the workplace in the Svit 113th building

Dear clients. As of 09.11.2020, part of ATL 1004 - Physical Laboratory was completely relocated from the central laboratories of Louky Zlín to the ITC workplace in the Svit 113th building, Zlín. The original telephone numbers will be valid until 31.12.2020. At the same time, new telephone numbers will be launched next week, which will be published on the ITC website in the Contacts section. Now please contact specific employee of the physical testing laboratory by e-mail, mobile phone number, or you can contact Mrs. Jarmila Vyorálkova from the secretariat of the Physical Laboratory by phone +420 572 779 989 or e-mail jvyoralkova@itczlin.cz. Thank you for your understanding.

Automotive parts, components


The high quality and safety of materials and components of motor vehicles are the main priorities and goals of their manufacturers, as well as justified requirements of the end users. The supervision procedures during the development and production of automotive parts, all the way from raw material to the final product, requires close cooperation between qualified independent testing laboratories and the component distributers. The current principles of quality systems in the automotive sector place icreasingly greater demands on testing rooms and certification bodies. Besides the essential accreditation they are also the succesful interlaboratory comparisons and tests and lately also the frequent client audits, which require compliance with individual requlations, often beyond ITC's accreditation. ITC concentrates expert knowledge from many industrial branches and offers services to its clients from one place, thanks to the accredited testing laboratory ATL No. 1004 1004.3. From this view ITC is a significant provider of professional services that support the quality and safety in the automotive industry.



  List of automotive test methods registered in ITC (XLS)  

Manual for clients



  • Raw materials
  • natural rubber
  • polymer granulates
  • auxiliary materials
  • textile
  • chemicals

  • Automotive parts
  • rubber products - hoses, sealing components, vehicle mats, auto carpets, anti-vibrating and coating materials
  • plastic products for automotive interiors and exteriors
  • textile products – materials for the interior upholstery, vehicle mats, and sound protecting and anti-vibrating materials
  • leather and poromeric products
  • surface finishing – lacquers and enamels
  • Electrical and measuring devices, car headlights
  • seats, airbags, belts


Common physical tests
  Mechanical tests
  • identification of materials and their composition
  • viscosity
  • density
  • weight
  • additive content
  • dimension, dimension change
  • thermal properties
  • transport phenomena of liquids and fluids
  • optical characteristics (sheen, colour changes)
  • static and  dynamic strength characteristic  (traction, pressure, bending)
  • Impact testing (Charpy, Izod)
  • hardness (Shore A, D, IRHD normal a micro, plastic hardness by ball imprint)
  • permanent deformation (traction, pressure)
  • creep testing
  • endurance and tire testing
  • testing by sinus and accidental vibration 
  • resonance searching with possibility of combination with climatic influences
Ageing, climatic and corrosion testing
  Testing of electrical components
  • temperature ageing
  • oxygen ageing
  • ozone ageing
  • weather ageing
  • colourfastness
  • temperature chocks
  • tests with cyclic change of climate
  • salt fog
  • resistant to  liquids, fluids, and chemicals
  • EMC electromagnetic compatibility
  • feeder influence
  • electric strength
  • insulation resistivity
  • electrical parameter monitoring
Emission tests

Colourfastness, colorimetry
  • fooging (gravimetric, reflektometric)
  • emission tests (total organic carbon TOC, individual substances)
  • Formaldehyde emmision
  • emission VOC a FOG by gas chromatography  (VDA 278)
  • shine measurement
  • colour measurement (L,a,b, XYZ ...for geometry 0°/45°, 7°/R)
  • yellowness index
  • opacity measurement
  • colourfulness measurement

Tear, abrasion, rubbing
  • Identification defects reasons
  • infrared microscopy, electron microscopy with  EDS detection
  • thermal desorption with GCMS detection, direct-inlet MS
  • elements analysis (ultra trace analysis,  analysis ICP-MS, XRF, AAS
  • analysis of efflorescence reasons on a product surface and its prevention
  • rubbing by Krokmetr method
  • abrasion by Taber test method (rotary, linear)
  • scrape resistance
  • cleanness, wickedness test
  • abrasion of textile materials by Martindale Shopper method
  Sensory testing
  • flame temperature 
  • fire temperature
  • burning speed
  • match, cigarette test
  • sensory tests according to different automotive standards
  • odour tests
  • identification of an odour kind



  • Mechanical testing of automotive seats
  • Mechanical testing of doors, armrests, operating equipments
  • Tests by the static inside overpressure of pressure circles (cooling system, brake system, fuel system)
  • Tests by dynamic pressure (pressure impact, pulsation + combination with mechanical vibration and temperature strain)
  • Expansion container – inside overpressure
  • Simulation of a clean box operation


Database of concern standards
  VW Group Supply  - Online-Normentete
ITC registers approximately 1000 automotive test methods, which are used for quick orientation in inquiries of clients. Database is not updated regularly and therefore this one has informative character only.   ITC has the contracted a registered access to system VW Group Supply.com (the information services for suppliers of Volkswagen concern). ITC is users of the „Online-Normentexte“ application, that is the tool for receiving of current version of VW standards and other technical documents.


List of automotive groups, according to their standards ITC provides testing, measurements and evaluations.

Significant cooperating groups:
  Most often used  groups of automotive standards
  • General Motors
  • Ford Group
  • Toyota
  • Renault
  • Volkswagen Group
  • Nissan
  • Fiat
  • PSA Peugeot Citroën
  • Hyunday-Kia
  • Daimler AG, Chrysler
  • Audi (AWR standardy)
  • BMW (GS, LH, PRV)
  • Fiat
  • Ford (FLTM)
  • GM - Opel (GM, GMW, GME)
  • Honda
  • Iveco
  • Jaguar (JMS)
  • KIA (MS)
  • MAN (MAN)
  • Mercedes (DBL)
  • Nissan (NES)
  • Porsche (PTL)
  • PSA + Renault (D)
  • Rover (RES)
  • Saab (STD)
  • Scania (TB)
  • Suzuki (SES)
  • Toyota (TSL, TEM, TSH, TSZ)
  • Volvo (STD)
  • VW koncern (PV)


  • Management system certification (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001)
  • Calibration service and metrology consultations
  • Standardisation service
  • Technology consultation
  • Voluntary certification of products


Person Phone e-mail
Ing. Vera Vilimkova
analytic analysis, emission, senzory test, defektoscopy (material failure analysis)
+420 577 601 634 analytPostaitczlin.cz
Mgr. Roman Dlabaja, Ph.D.
physical and mechanical testing, ageing, flammability
+420 572 779 904 tubesPostaitczlin.cz
Ing. Radek Matějka
functional component testing
+420 572 779 907 automotivePostaitczlin.cz
Ing. Miroslav Netopil
calibration service
+420 572 522 108 mnetopilPostaitczlin.cz
Ing. Pavel Vavra
electrical testing vibration, climatic test
+420 572 522 242 pvavraPostaitczlin.cz

Post address:
Institute for Testing and Certification, Inc.
Testing Division
trida Tomase Bati 299, Louky, 763 02 Zlin
Czech Republic

The person responsible for accuracy of data: Mgr. Roman Dlabaja, Ph.D.

Updated: 8.1.2021
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