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Application for state recognition (notification) as an inspection body (testing laboratories, sampling bodies) of water and waste law monitoring: Application in accordance with the Ordinance on Requirements for the Discharge of Wastewater into Waters (AbwV) and the Landfill Ordinance (DepV)

Anyone who has state recognition may be used as an investigation body within the framework of water and waste law monitoring. You must submit the application to the competent authority in the federal state in which you have your place of business. This also applies if you maintain several dependent locations nationwide. If your federal state does not offer a notification procedure, you can submit the application in the federal state where you intend to act. The notification given is valid for the entire federal territory.

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 wish to operate.

Process flow

You submit an application for notification as an investigation body for wastewater, surface water, groundwater or sampling to the authority of the country in which you have your headquarters. Please attach the required documents. If necessary, the authority will request further application documents. After verification by the competent body, you will receive a written notification as to whether the notification will be made as an investigating body. The authority may make the notification subject to a reservation of withdrawal, a time limit, conditions, obligations and the reservation of conditions.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony State Agency for Water Management, Coastal and Nature Conservation (NLWKN).

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

The requirements according to the specialist module water to the administrative agreement on the proof of competence and the notification of testing laboratories and measuring points (inspection bodies) in the environmental sector regulated by waste law are fulfilled.

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

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

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 subject-module-compliant (specialist module water) accreditation of the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) serves as proof of competence.

The following documents of DAkkS are required:

  • Accreditation notice and accreditation certificate
  • Attachment of documents
  • Last review reports
  • At the request of the authority, the deviation reports and other documents

What are the fees?

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

Administrative fee in accordance with the Ordinance on Fees and Expenses for Official Acts and Services (AllGO) (see Section 96.4 Ordinance on State-Recognised Inspection Bodies for Water and Waste Law Monitoring)

General Fee Ordinance (AllGO)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The application must be approved before the start of the monitoring activity.

Processing duration

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

Applications / forms

Forms/online services available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No


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

Technically approved by

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


List ID 572 (whitelist; Status: 13.09.2018)

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