Successful transition to new ISO/IEC 17025 version
On November 19th, 2020 PIA's accreditation was successfully converted to “DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018-03 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025:2017)”
The scope of the accreditation, as well as a list of testing methods can be found in the "Directory of accredited bodies" at DAkkS.de.
DAkkS is a full member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to ensure mutual recognition under the ILAC MRA.
Guidelines for technical performance test of small sewage treatment systems in China
PIA GmbH and CWEG (China Water Environment Group) are preparing a project for the Chinese Environmental Protection Industry Association to develop "Guidelines for technical performance test of small sewage treatment systems".
Visit water-health-research.de for more information.
List of manufacturers and their products which performed successfully in EN 12566-7 tests (tertiary treatment units)
A list of manufacturers and their respective products which have successfully undergone testing in accordance with EN 12566-7 is now available in our EN 12566 tests / Part 7 section!
New legal developments in France for small wastewater treatment plants
For manufacturers of small wastewater treatment plants, the requirements for the approval of their products in France could soon change. At present, the following decree has been submitted to the relevant authorities in Brussels for approval:
“ORDER of […] amending the Order of 7 September 2009 laying down the technical specifications applicable to individual sewerage systems receiving a gross load of organic waste less than or equal to 1.2 kg/day of BOD5 and the Order of 27 April 2012 on the implementing procedures for the inspection of individual sewerage installations”
This decree essentially relates to systems and plants that cannot be CE marked. According to Article 8, the following conditions apply to systems:
To perform the treatment, the system shall include
- a primary treatment device, built in situ or prefabricated;
- a secondary treatment device using the purifying power of the soil.
This applies only to systems complying with EN 12566-2 (soil infiltration systems) or EN 12566-5 (filtration systems for pre-treated domestic wastewater). The decree regulates, among other things, requirements for the test programme (44 weeks in total), wastewater pre-treatment and inlet and outlet concentrations.
The simplified assessment procedure described in Appendix 3 of the decree applies to all treatment systems according to hEN 12566 Part 3 or Part 6. The basis for the assessment is the 38-week test programme corresponding to the initial type testing of the standard. The simplified assessment regulates among other things
- A standard test performed without desludging shall be demonstrated.
- There is a new evaluation procedure for the effluent concentrations for the parameters BOD5 and SS for which the value Lsup must be calculated (Lsup = m 1.34 x s; m = mean value; s = standard deviation - for details see appendix 3 of the decree)
- The evaluation of inlet quality which previously only included BOD5 must now also include the additional parameters COD and SS.
PIA is continuously monitoring relevant developments associated with the spread of the Coronavirus and has taken preventive action to safeguard personnel and to ensure the continuation of all testing services.
Testing is currently carried out without constrictions and new orders may be placed as usual. Should any issues arise which might impact our ability to carry out testing services in the future, we will immediately notify all affected customers.
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