Biodegradability and compostability testing
As an independent contract-research laboratory, OWS has built up a world-wide reputation in the field of biodegradability and compostability testing. In this context, the specific laboratory activities are following ISO 17025 rules as much as possible, this in combination with the rules of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).
OWS is the only laboratory worldwide which is recognized by all certification bodies active in the field of biodegradability and compostability (click the logos below for more info):
Analyses on fertilizers and soil improvers
The general operation and activity of analyses on fertilizers and soil improvers is certified and accredited for ISO 17025. The quality system is accredited by BELAC in accordance with ISO 17025:2017.
In addition to this accreditation, the laboratory also has an approval by OVAM and VLM.
The approval by OVAM requires an accreditation of ISO 17025 and operation according to CMA. OWS has been recognized by OVAM for the following packages:
- A.2.1 gebruik als meststof/bodemverbeterend middel – anorganische parameters
- A.2.3 gebruik als meststof/bodemverbeterend middel – specifieke parameters
The approval by VLM requires an accreditation of ISO 17025 and operation according to BAM. OWS has been recognized by VLM for the following package:
- M-M2 meststoffen – anorganische analyses
The inspection services of OWS are accredited by BELAC in accordance with ISO 17020:2012. More specifically, this accreditation covers data validation as well as conformity verification of all legal obligations related to the management of WEEE (waste of electrical and electronic equipment). Also all other inspection services are, where possible, performed in line with ISO 17020.