Global Standards for Safety
Safety in technology and chemistry is a matter of the highest importance for the German economy and for products defined by their German engineering quality. BAM sets global standards for safety. Within the scope of its statutory mandate, it performs duties in the fields of licensing and conformity assessment.
In conformity assessment, products and services are examined and certified in terms of their fulfilment of established requirements. This part of the quality infrastructure is also strongly influenced by the technical harmonisation of the European single market. Declarations of conformity such as test reports and certificates may be required to launch a product onto the market.
Accreditations of BAM
The German National Accreditation Body (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH, DAkkS) regularly and independently reviews the competence of BAM as a conformity assessment institution, monitoring in particular the quality management system and the competence of the personnel involved. Find more information about BAM's accreditations/attestations of competence here.
Certifications and licences by BAM
BAM operates as an EU Notified Body with the identification number 0589 within the scope of EC directives. We perform licensing and conformity assessments in the following product areas:
- Devices and protective systems for designated usage in areas at risk of explosion
- Explosive substances used in civil applications
- Pyrotechnic objects
- Mobile pressurised devices
- Pressurised devices
- Construction products
See the Information Flyer of the BAM Certification Body (BZS) for further information.
BAM publishes its approvals, licences and the results of its other administrative acts as well as certifications on the basis of EU directives through its Official Notification Bulletin.
Licensing and Conformity Assessments
Further information on licensing and conformity assessments can be found for the following topics in the technical safety portal:
BAM's duty is to license containers, including intermediate bulk containers (IBC) and large containers used to transport dangerous goods.
BAM performs EU conformity tests for explosives and pyrotechnic products. It is also the licensing authority for accessories for explosives in accordance with the German Explosives Act.
In accordance with Section 2 of the German Explosives Act, BAM is a competent body for determining risk of explosion and allocating other substances at risk of explosion to a substance category in accordance with Annex II of the German Explosives Act and with Section 4 of the Second Explosives Ordinance for allocation to a storage group.
The duties of BAM also include the licensing of pyrotechnic explosives in accordance with the German Firearms and Pyrotechnics Act and the approval of transfers of explosive substances.
BAM is responsible for the testing and licensing of geosynthetics, polymers and liner monitoring systems for use in basic and surface liners in landfill sites on the basis of internal examinations and the results of accredited bodies.
BAM allocates organic peroxides in accordance with Section 11 of the Hazardous Substances Ordinance, in accordance with Annex II, No. 2.3 and in accordance with BGV B4 “Organic Peroxides” to hazard groups.