World leader in determining biodegradability and compostability

About us
Hands with compost


Normec OWS offers lab and consulting services to various clients from the public and private sector. We help our clients with consulting services in the field of biodegradation and compostability, waste management and related legislation in both Europe and the US. We also provide contract research laboratory testing for the determination of the biodegradability and compostability of different materials.

Normec OWS

Normec OWS is a one-stop laboratory for degradation and toxicity testing of materials, working according to international quality standards. As a strictly independent laboratory, Normec OWS is recognized by all major certification bureaus worldwide in the field of (bio)degradability and compostability.

Normec OWS is part of many certification and standardization committees, as well as different European projects focused on developing new standards. Over the past 30+ years, we have tested thousands of material samples for hundreds of clients all over the world. These include packaging materials, such as plastics and paper, food service ware, adhesives, inks, detergents, consumer products, mineral oils, specialty chemicals, agricultural and horticultural products, and many more.

Flasks with pressure meter for Biodegradation testing

What makes Normec OWS unique?


Tailored training sessions

Are you seeking knowledge and expertise in biodegradation, compostability, microplastics, or non-persistence? Normec OWS introduces tailored training sessions designed to empower your team and propel your company toward a more sustainable future.

Speaker giving presentation

Development standard methods

Normec OWS is an active member of several normalization organizations, such as the International Standards Organization (ISO), the European Standards Organization (CEN), and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and is the official Belgian delegate on several ISO and CEN committees.

In this capacity, Normec OWS has developed several standard methods and is project leader of some new standards in development.

filling in a form

Contact us

writing in lab

Contact us

Request a quote

Ask a quote for...(Required)

Hands holding compost

Request a quote