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The use of tar asphalt in Dutch road construction was permitted up to January 2001. Its use however, was strongly discouraged after 1995. Tar asphalt can contain high concentrations of carcinogenic PAH compounds (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). This carcinogenic property can have major health consequences.

Since 2001 tar-containing asphalt has been prohibited and policy has been aimed at preventing the spread of harmful PAHs in the environment. This makes environmental-hygienic research into asphalt a key aspect of road engineering. Reliable and accurate determination of the presence of PAHs is crucial. Laboratory test results are used to determine whether old asphalt may be (partially) reused. 

Eurofins is officially recognised and accredited to perform these analyses. You can find more information about our recognitions, accreditations and analysis capabilities on our download page. For questions please contact your contact person or mail us at: info-env@eurofins.nl. Our experts are always happy to help.