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The world of (bio)degradability and compostability is complex with many nuances related to such issues as the product application, materials used, and the designated end-of-life. At Normec OWS, we offer educational services to our customers, such as webinars, inhouse study days on location, or presentations at company meetings and events. These can be fully tailored to your needs, providing anything from a broad and clear introduction to the field of (bio)degradation and compostability to a detailed outline of one or more related specific topics.

Why Normec OWS?

  • Independent laboratory
  • Recognized worldwide
  • Expert in the field

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All frequently asked questions
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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.