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A new CEN (European Committee of Standardization) work item proposal  - WI 444044 Characterization of waste: Determination of the content of elements and substances in waste is now available for comment.  To access the draft, or comment through the British Standards Development system please visit here .

Deadline to submit comments is 25 April 2021.


This document can be applied to all waste samples with unknown or partially known composition. It specifies the minimum laboratory methods and performance requirements for analysis of laboratory samples of liquid and solid waste to determine the inorganic elements and organic substances content of waste up to a cumulative mass of at least 90 % or a close and highest possible mass.

In the case of information on the origin or on the composition of waste, given by the owner of waste, only part of this method can be applied (this method can be used to complete the knowledge on waste only).

This document is about the application of existing analytical methods and as such BSI need people to contribute to the UK input to the development of this standard who have practical experience of waste characterization.  If you are interested, please contact .