Structure of the department
The chemical products subject area consists of two technical fields: “Analysis of chemical products” and “Sampling of chemical products”
Accreditations and conformity assessment bodies
This subject area can provide accreditations of testing laboratories in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, and also of inspection bodies in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020, proficiency testing providers in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043 and reference material producers in accordance with DIN EN ISO 17034.
The area covers numerous matrices, which are grouped into the following matrix groups: specific consumer products, chemical raw materials, intermediate and end products, mineral building materials, composites, organic coatings, inorganic coatings, paints, varnishes, stains, solid fuels, liquid fuels, gaseous fuels, adhesives, plastics, paper and cardboard, metals and metal alloys, glass, ceramics, textiles, packaging materials, films, fertilisers, natural raw materials. This is not a complete list, and further matrices can be defined as necessary.
Current focus areas include physical, physico-chemical, chemical, biological and special analysis (such as effectiveness testing of disinfectants) in the chemical industry and under the REACH Regulation; OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 (testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products).
Accreditation in this subject area is voluntary. Sectoral rules of the Sector Committee on Chemistry and Environment and cross-disciplinary rules and regulations of the division are binding.
Benefits of accreditation
This accreditation not only certifies the competence of conformity assessment bodies, it also independently confirms maintenance of this competence by means of regular assessments.