Soil / Contaminated Sites Department at a glance

Structure of the department

The soil and contaminated sites department is divided into three technical fields: analysis in accordance with the specialist module “Soil and contaminated sites”, the legally unregulated area of soil analysis and sampling in the area of soil/contaminated sites.

Accreditations and conformity assessment bodies

This subject area grants accreditations mainly of testing laboratories (in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025), but also of inspection bodies (in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020).

The technical fields include various types of test. For the specialist module for soil and contaminated sites, for example, these are the analysis and sections. If, in addition to accreditation in the area of soil/contaminated sites, a laboratory also wishes to seek a designation (notification) in its federal state, it must apply for accreditation in accordance with the specialist module.

  • Note on notification It should be noted here that the basis for notification is a soil protection ordinance of the federal state in question. This may result in further, additional requirements for laboratories, because not all federal states have adapted their soil protection ordinances to the new specialist module, as drawn up by LABO, the Federal/Regional Working Group on Soil Protection, in August 2012. The test methods specified by the laboratory in application form 72 FB 005.12 (List of test methods in the specialist module for soil and contaminated sites) must be implemented without deviation (from the standardised methods). Additional requirements that must be met with an accreditation in accordance with the specialist module are described in additional documents.

Benefits of accreditation

With its accreditation, DAkkS confirms fulfilment of the normative requirements with regard to conformity assessment activities to the conformity assessment bodies, and thus their technical competence.

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