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FT-IR spectrum

Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy is a technique that can be used to identify materials and compounds by creating an infrared spectrum of absorption. While FT-IR spectroscopy is a standard part of compostability testing, at Normec OWS we also offer this as a separate service for individual products or materials. This allows for the identification or verification of materials, checking supplier claims, or establishing purity or degree of contamination.

Why Normec OWS?

  • Independent laboratory
  • Recognized worldwide
  • Expert in the field

Material fingerprinting

The FT-IR spectrometer collects high-resolution spectral data simultaneously over a wide spectral range. The Fourier transform mathematical process is then used to convert the raw data into the actual spectrum. The resulting graph is like a fingerprint of the material, enabling the exact materials or compounds to be identified. In this way, FT-IR spectroscopy provides full insight in case there are any doubts about the legitimacy of a product, or if you wish to verify a material’s composition.

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Is Normec OWS ISO 17025 accredited?

Yes, we are recognized by DIN CERTCO in line with ISO 17025. This accreditation covers all test procedures and standards with regard to compostability and biodegradation. Additionally, we are ISO 17025 accredited by BELAC for our compost analyses and also recognized by TÜV Austria. Normec OWS is also ISO 17020 accredited for inspection services and ISO 14001 approved for environmental management. View our recognitions & certificates.

Where is Normec OWS located?

Our main offices are located in Ghent, Belgium. We also have a subsidiary located in Kettering, Ohio to serve the needs of our American customers.

How long does testing take?

Testing duration depends on the specific type of test and the product itself. This can range from a couple of weeks for material characteristics testing, to months or even years for biodegradation testing. As these are microbial processes, we cannot predict the exact duration beforehand.