This standard specifies a desiccator method for the determination of the quantity of formaldehyde emitted from wood-based panels. Emission of formaldehyde is determined by placing test pieces of known surface area in a desiccator at a controlled temperature and measuring the quantity of emitted formaldehyde absorbed in a specified volume of water during 24 h. The method complies with the JANS 16 standard harmonised between Australia, Japan and New Zealand. The process is not yet used for wood-based panels according to European standards. However, it is of importance for the wood-based panels used in global trade, especially in the Asian region, and is therefore to be made available as a European standard. The committee responsible for this standard is NA 042-02-15 AA "Holzwerkstoffe - Spiegelausschuss zu CEN/TC 112 und ISO/TC 89" ("Wood-based panels - Mirror Committee of CEN/TC 112 and ISO/TC 89") at DIN.