As an indispensable part of the interior decoration, adhesives affect the indoor air quality caused by free formaldehyde and volatile organic substances. On this basis, various countries have formulated standards to restrict the content and release of some kinds of harmful substances in adhesives. In order to explore the differences between the measurement objects and experimental methods of different testing method standards, the relevant standards for formaldehyde and VOCs in adhesives from China, Japan, the United States and Europe are studied here. The standard experimental principles, the measurement objects and the influencing factors of different experimental methods are analyzed. The applicability and limitations of different standards are explored in order to provide relevant technical support for the quality inspection and construction inspection of adhesives.