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

Certification is the formal attestation by a neutral independent third party that products, processes, systems or persons meet defined requirements.

What is the difference between a certificate and a test report?

BAM certifies products and associated quality systems and carries out inspections in the framework of required monitoring activities. The tests forming the basis for certification are performed in BAM or, in exceptional cases, by external accredited and monitored external testing laboratories. The test results are assessed by BAM and form the basis for certification.

BAM certifies products predominantly in the framework of EC Directives and national legal regulations. Certification is carried out in the form of design-type tests (module B) generally in connection with monitoring of the manufacturers’ quality systems (module D).

Additionally BAM is also involved in certification in the voluntary area within BAM’s specific fields of competence where no legal regulations for products have been established yet.

Based on the safety level as well as on the product requirements the BAM Certification Body applies various certification systems relating to the extent of product testing and monitoring activities. This also offers the opportunity for a customer to mark his product(s) with an approved certification sign and/or to use this sign in advertisement and information material. BAM performs licensing and conformity assessments in the following product areas:

Notified Body BAM

BAM operates as an EU Notified Body with the identification number 0589 within the scope of EC directives. The current notification scope is listed in the NANDO database

Official Bulletins

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:

Dangerous Goods Containments (Regulations for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods)

BAM's duty is to license containers, including intermediate bulk containers (IBC) and large containers used to transport dangerous goods.

Explosives and Pyrotechnics (Explosives Act)

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.

Substances at Risk of Explosion in the Chemical Industry (Explosives Legislation)

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.

Pyrotechnic Explosives (German Firearms and Pyrotechnics Act)

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.

Landfill Liners (Recycling and Waste Disposal Law)

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.

Organic Peroxides (Hazardous Substances Ordinance)

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.