Consumer health protection, food, agriculture Information about this sector

Role of accreditation in this sector

Not visible, but nevertheless essential for all of us as consumers – an apt description of the role of DAkkS in its “consumer health protection, food and agriculture” field of activity.

Accreditation plays an important role in the selection of everyday commodities such as food and water. It increases the level of confidence that consumers have in laboratory tests, inspections or certified test and quality seals for products. Without accreditation, laboratories that examine drinking water quality, for example, would not be subjected to a professional review of their competence, and safety and quality potentials would therefore not be recognised.

Not in all, but in many of these sensitive areas, accreditation is an obligatory requirement for market approval as a verifier or certifier. This creates confidence in the reliability of their work and pursues the goal of guaranteeing safe food and consumer products and preventing health hazards.

Our departments in the consumer health protection, food and agriculture sector

Consumer Health Protection / Food Safety

This department is divided into the technical fields “Foodstuffs”, “Spring, mineral and bottled water”, “Feedstuffs”, “Commodities”, “Cosmetics”, “Tobacco products”, “Meat hygiene”, “Verification of veterinary drugs”, “Animal by-products” and “Food hygiene”.

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Head of Department
Dr. rer. nat. Christine Altmann, Dr. rer. nat. Martina Menkhaus

Health and Protection of Plants / Protection of Animals

This department is divided into the technical fields “Seeds”, “Plant materials / plant health”, “Other biological materials from agriculture and horticulture” and “Protection of animals”.

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Head of Department
Dr. rer. nat. Martina Menkhaus

Drinking Water Monitoring

In addition to the analysis of drinking water, the Drinking Water Monitoring department is responsible for the analysis of bathing waters and the analysis of swimming pool and bathing pool water. The accreditation of testing laboratories is carried out in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, of inspection bodies in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020 and of proficiency testing providers in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043.

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Head of Department
Dipl.-Biologe Jörg Unger

Food and Agriculture Sector / Sustainability Standards

This department is divided into the subject fields “Organic farming”, “Private certification schemes”, “Regional certification schemes”, “Social and sustainability standards” and “Food safety management systems”.

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Head of Department
Dipl.oec.troph. Sandra Schulte

Occupational Safety / Health Care

This department is divided into the subject fields “Occupational safety / health protection” and “Health care”.

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Head of Department
Dipl.-Geologe Oswald Ogrin

Product and Installation Safety: Consumer Products and Active Medical Devices

In this department, the cases of testing laboratories (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025), certification bodies for products (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065) and inspection bodies (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020) cover the following subject fields: electrical equipment, technical work equipment and ready-to-use articles, cableway installations, low-voltage equipment, optics, toys, sports and leisure equipment/boats, active medical devices

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Head of Department
Dipl.-Ing. Florian Burkart

Application examples of accredited services in this field of activity

  • Process control tests in food processing
  • Tests to determine the composition and properties of foodstuffs
  • Tests to monitor the products and substances used in the feeding of animals
  • Tests to determine the quality of specific products such as oil or wine
  • Monitoring of the Protection of animals for the purposes of food quality and safety
  • Certification of food safety management systems in accordance with the ISO/IEC 22000 standard
  • Phytopathological analysis of plant and other materials from agriculture and horticulture
  • Analysis of seeds
  • Analysis of drinking water in accordance with the requirements of the German Drinking Water Ordinance (TrinkwV)
  • Analysis of bathing waters on the basis of the European Directive on bathing water Analysis of swimming pool and bathing pool water (DIN 19643:2012-11 series of standards “Treatment of water of swimming pools and baths”)
  • Certification in the area of “organic farming”, sustainable forest management and fair trade

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