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State recognition (notification) as an inspection body (testing laboratories, sampling bodies) for sewage sludge and soil tests according to the Sewage Sludge Ordinance

If you want to carry out analyses in accordance with the Sewage Sludge Ordinance as an inspection body, you must apply for notification from the competent authority in the federal state in which you have your place of business. This also applies if you have several dependent locations throughout Germany. The notification granted is valid for the whole of Germany.

If it is an investigating body from another Member State of the European Union that does not have a registered office in Germany, you can apply for notification in the federal state in which you want to operate.

Process flow

You submit an application for notification to the authority of the country in which you have your headquarters as an investigation body for sewage sludge investigations. Attach the required documents. If necessary, the authority will request further application documents. After examination by the competent body, you will receive a written notification as to whether the notification is being made as an investigating body. The Authority may attach to the notification a reservation of revocation, a time limit, conditions, obligations and the reservation of conditions.

Who should I contact?

Lower Saxony State Agency for Water Management, Coastal and Nature Conservation

Find your Point of Single Contact here

Requirements

You have the necessary expertise, independence, equipment and you maintain a quality management system according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.

The requirements of the waste module for the administrative agreement on the proof of competence and the notification of testing laboratories and measuring points (testing centres) in the environmental sector regulated by waste law are met.

You have a valid DAkkS accreditation for the examination and sub-areas that you want to apply for notification.

You have submitted the application in the country where you have your headquarters. If they are located abroad, submit the application in the country in which you want to carry out this activity as a priority.

Which documents are required?

The application for notification must be submitted to the competent Land authority. The application documents will be made available digitally.

For the notification of the requested areas of investigation, a competence assessment according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 is required. A specialist module-compliant (waste module) accreditation of the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) serves as proof of competence.

The following documents of the DAkkS are required:

  • Accreditation notice and accreditation certificate
  • Certificate attachment
  • Reports for the last review
  • At the request of the authority, the deviation reports and other documents

The application for notification must be submitted in Lower Saxony to the Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz - Direktion (NLWKN).

Website of the NLWKN

What are the fees?

The amount of the fees will be determined in the course of the procedure on the basis of your information.

Administrative fee in accordance with the Ordinance on Fees and Expenses for Official Acts and Services (AllGO) (see section 96.4_Verordnung on state-recognised inspection bodies for water and waste law monitoring)

AllGO Ptkt. 96.4_Verordnung about state-approved inspection bodies for water and waste law monitoring)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

before the start of monitoring activities

Processing duration

The examination of the application for notification of an investigating body must be completed within three months; § 42a paragraph 2 sentences 2 to 4 of the Administrative Procedure Act (VwVfG) applies.

Applications / forms

  • Written form required: Yes
  • Personal appearance necessary: No
  • Forms: Yes

Appeal

You will receive a notification from the competent state authority. If the notification cannot be granted, you can lodge an objection.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony State Agency for Water Management, Coastal and Nature Conservation

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.