Environment | Soil | Waste | Recycling Technical unit 4.3 at a glance

Focus of the technical unit

This technical unit manages cases of accreditation for conformity assessment bodies in the areas of waste for waste declaration covered by the German Waste Management Act (KrWG). For the determination of hazardousness in particular, and for the decision on disposal or waste recovery, testing by accredited laboratories is required. The unit also deals with accreditation in the area of the Federal Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites Ordinance (BBodSchV) and as a basis for notification under state law.

In the areas regulated by law under the Federal Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites Ordinance (BBodSchV) and within the specialised modules, accreditation is a prerequisite for being allowed to operate in the market on the basis of notification.

In addition, the technical unit handles cases of accreditation for proficiency testing providers (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043) and reference material producers (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17034).

Disposal, deposit and thermal disposal

Laboratories that test waste for disposal in accordance with the German Landfill Ordinance (DepV), for deposit (mining law) or for thermal disposal are accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.

For the testing of sewage sludge, biowaste, waste oil and wood waste, accreditation is the basis for notification by the competent state authorities. The requirements for this are defined in the specialist module for waste of the Federal/Regional Working Group on Waste (LAGA).

Soil / contaminated sites

For laboratories that test samples in the area of soil/ contaminated sites, accreditation is also the basis for their notification by the competent state authorities. Both the requirements and the scope of testing are defined in the specialist module for soil and contaminated sites of the Federal/Regional Working Group on Soil Protection (LABO).

Under the Federal Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites Ordinance (BBodSchV) of 09 July 2021, physico-chemical and chemical analyses may only be carried out by accredited testing laboratories from 01 August 2023. From 1 August 2028 at the latest, sampling must be carried out by an inspection body accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 or DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020.

Recycling

The technical unit also handles certification bodies in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17021 for DIN EN ISO 9001 in the area of recycling and the European regulations (EU) 715/2013 for copper scrap, (EU) 1179/2012 for glass cullet and (EU) 333/2011 for iron, steel and aluminium scrap.

Explosive ordnance disposal

The technical unit also accredits in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 and DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020 for geophysical detection and areas of expertise in the context of explosive ordnance disposal. These activities are subject to the requirements of German law governing explosive substances (Explosives Act – SprengG) and the legal provisions of the federal states.

Contact

Dr. Sebastian Kitzig

Head of Technical Unit Environment | Soil | Waste | Recycling

Dr. Bernd Kalinowski

Principal Expert Waste

Dr. Frank Küchler

Principal Expert Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

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