Chapter 1.3.
RECOGNISED ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS


Section 1.3.1.
General provisions


Article 1.3.1.1.

1.

The following definitions apply for taking samples, measurements and tests and making analyses as stated in the general and sectoral environmental conditions and in the specific licence conditions of certain establishments or parts of establishments:

1

a laboratory in the discipline of water: a laboratory in the discipline of water, recognised to perform such sampling, measurements, tests or analyses in application of the Order of the Government of Flanders of 19 November 2010 establishing the Flemish Regulations on Recognition regarding the Environment; for the sub-areas of waste water, surface water, groundwater or drinking water;

2

a laboratory in the discipline of air: a laboratory in the discipline of air, recognised to perform such sampling, measurements, tests or analyses in application of the Order of the Government of Flanders of 19 November 2010 establishing the Flemish Regulations on Recognition regarding the Environment;

3

an environmental expert in the discipline of soil corrosion: an environmental expert in the discipline of soil corrosion, recognised to perform such tests in application of the Order of the Government of Flanders of 19 November 2010 establishing the Flemish Regulations on Recognition regarding the Environment;

4

an environmental expert in the discipline of containers for gases or dangerous substances: an environmental expert in the discipline of containers for gases or dangerous substances, recognised to perform such testing in application of the Order of the Government of Flanders of 19 November 2010 establishing the Flemish Regulations on Recognition regarding the Environment.

No-one may perform these sampling activities, measurements, tests and analyses without being in possession of recognition for this, if applicable, as stated in:

1

Appendix 3, 1 of the Order of the Government of Flanders of 19 November 2010 establishing the Flemish Regulations on Recognition regarding the Environment for a laboratory in the discipline of water;

2

Appendix 3, 2 of the Order of the Government of Flanders of 19 November 2010 establishing the Flemish Regulations on Recognition regarding the Environment for a laboratory in the discipline of air;

3

Appendix 4, 1 of the Order of the Government of Flanders of 19 November 2010 establishing the Flemish Regulations on Recognition regarding the Environment for an environmental expert in the discipline of containers for gases or dangerous substances.

2.

For performing acoustic tests and drafting and guiding remediation plans as stated in the general and sectoral environmental conditions and in the special licensing conditions of certain establishments or parts thereof, an environmental expert in the discipline of sound and vibrations means: an environmental expert in the discipline of sound and vibrations, sub-area sound, recognised according to the Order of the Government of Flanders of 19 November 2010 establishing the Flemish Regulations on Recognition regarding the Environment.

3.

For the taking of samples and the carrying out of measurements, tests and analyses as stated in the general and sectoral environmental conditions and in the special licensing conditions of certain establishments or parts thereof, an environmental expert in the discipline of waste or soil means: a laboratory in the discipline of waste substances and other materials or in the discipline of soil, sub-area soil remediation, recognised for carrying out such sampling, measurements, tests or analyses in application of the VLAREL.

4.

In this Order, the following definitions apply

1

environmental expert in the discipline of electrical installations: a recognised body as stated in Article 275 of the General Regulations on Electrical Installations (AREI);

2

environmental expert in the discipline of containers for compressed, liquefied or dissolved gas: a recognised external service for technical inspections at the workplace as stated in the Royal Decree of 29 April 1999 concerning the recognition of external services for technical inspections at the workplace, for the area of inspections of gas containers.

3

Environmental expert in the discipline of pressure vessels: a recognised notified body or inspection service of users as stated in Chapter VIII of the Royal Decree of 13 June 1999 on the placing on the market of pressure equipment, for the application of the procedures stated in European Directive 97/23/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning pressure equipment or a recognised notified body as stated in Article 12 of the Royal Decree of 11 June 1990 on the placing on the market of simple pressure vessels, for the application of the procedures stated in European Directive 2009/105/EC relating to simple pressure vessels.


Section 1.3.2.
Recognition conditions and procedure


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Section 1.3.3.
Obligations of the recognised environmental expert


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Section 1.3.4.
Government laboratories


Article 1.3.4.1.

The Flanders Environment Agency (VMM), Air, Environment and Communication Division, is recognised for the development and use of measurement networks for the measuring of the pollution of the ambient air and the monitoring of the air quality as stated in Articles 2.2.6 and 10.2.4 of the Decree of 5 April 1995 concerning the general provisions related to environmental policy. This concerns the monitoring and the measuring of the pollution of the ambient air within the framework of the following measurement networks:

1 telemetric measuring network for air, for the monitoring of progress of the general air quality for air-polluting substances, in particular: SO2, NO, NO2, O3, CO, CO2, BTEX, VOS, sampling and gravimetric determining of dust particles, the continuous measurement of dust particles with specific size characteristic;
2 local measurement networks in areas with an acute local problem of air pollution, in particular: SO2, H2S, organic sulphur compounds, NO, NO2, O3, CO, CO2, BTX, VOS, sampling and analysis of black smoke according to the OECD method, sampling and gravimetric determining dust particles, the continuous measurement of dust particles with specific size characteristics;
3

mobile measurements of air pollution for air-polluting substances, in particular: SO2, H2S, organic sulphur compounds, NO, NO2, O3, CO, CO2, BTX, VOS, total hydrocarbons and total dust content;

4 measuring for heavy metals in suspended particulate matter, in particular: As, Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb, Sb and Zn;
5 measuring for heavy metals in falling dust, in particular: As, Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn;
6 deposition network acidification for the determination of inorganic substances in the ambient air, in dry, wet and total deposition, in particular: ammonia, ammonium, calcium, chlorides, fluorides, potassium, magnesium, sodium and sulphates;
7 measurement networks for the determining of organic substances in the ambient air, in dry, wet and total deposition, in particular: PAHs, nitro-aromatic hydrocarbons, VOC and HVOC;


Article 1.3.4.2.

The Flanders Environment Agency (VMM), Air, Environment and Communication Division:

1 each year draws up a report on the work carried out and the internal quality care, and sends this to the Division competent for certifications;
2

takes part, directly or through the Belgian Interregional Cell for the Environment (IRCEL), in the external quality controls related to measurement networks for the air quality organised by the reference laboratory of the EU; the results of these activities are included in the annual report, as referred to in 1.


Article 1.3.4.3. The calibration database of the Flanders Environment Agency and the Interregional Centre for the Environment (IRCEL) apply as benchmark of immission measurements as stated in Article 1.3.4.1.