Current voluntary regulations limiting the chemicals in vehicle cabins are set to become mandatory for all original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) selling vehicles to China, irrespective of the country of manufacture. The responsibility for demonstrating conformance with specified limits for volatile organic compound (VOC) levels in vehicle cabins rests with the car manufacturer. However, suppliers at all stages of the manufacturing chain need to be able to carry out testing of their products and materials in order to identify components causing high chemical emissions and to facilitate the development of low-emitting alternatives.
Caroline Widdowson, PhD, MBA
Caroline Widdowson holds a PhD in organic chemistry and an MBA and is a specialist in the sampling and analysis of vapor-phase organic compounds from air, water, and soil. In her current role at Markes International, an analytical instrument manufacturer, she is responsible for a team of subject matter experts focused on environmental monitoring, product conformity, clinical diagnostics, and defense and forensic analysis with a personal focus on vehicle indoor air quality (VIAQ). She represents the United Kingdom on numerous standard and regulatory committees (ISO, CEN, BSi, ASTM), writing methodology for the sampling and analysis of vapor phase organic compounds from ambient, indoor and in-vehicle air.
Dwain Cardona, Vertical Marketing Manager - Environmental and Industrial
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Dwain Cardona is a Vertical Marketing Manager, supporting environmental and industrial customers for Thermo Fisher Scientific. He has 16 years of experience in analytical chemistry, specializing in chromatography and mass spectrometry in various laboratory settings.