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Authorisation for surface water status monitoring

In order to perform surface water status monitoring, an authorisation must be obtained.

The provider of the surface water status monitoring obtains an authorisation on the basis of an application from the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. The application for authorisation must contain details of the applicant and an indication of the procedures and parameters to be used in the first measurements or monitoring, and also the relevant supporting documents. After an administrative examination of the application, the authorisation is issued.

The authorisation is valid for six years from the date it is issued, and may be extended if the technical conditions are fulfilled.

Once the authorisation is obtained, the authorised monitoring provider is entered in the register of monitoring providers maintained by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning.

A legal person or an individual entrepreneur authorised by the Ministry to perform monitoring and persons entitled to perform monitoring in another Member State may be entered in the register on the basis of a certified copy of the act issued by the competent authority of the Member State.

Terms and conditions

  • The person/provider of the surface water status monitoring in order to obtain authorisation to perform monitoring must fulfil the technical conditions laid down in the third paragraph of Article 101.a of the Environmental Protection Act and in Article 16 of the Rules on surface water status monitoring:

    • has a laboratory operating a quality management system in accordance with SIST EN ISO/IEC 17025 or another equivalent internationally recognised standard,
    • is qualified to analyse the parameters of surface water status monitoring, as demonstrated by the following:
      • indicating the validated and documented analytical methods used to analyse the parameters to which the application for authorisation relates,
      • with evidence that it meets the minimum performance criteria for analytical methods set out in Article 10 of the Rules on surface water status monitoring, including an indication of the detection limits, the limit of detectability and the uncertainty of measurement for each of the parameters covered by the application, to which the authorisation relates,
      • a certificate of participation in proficiency testing programmes covering analytical methods for the parameters covered by the application for authorisation to perform surface water monitoring, at concentrations specific to the chemical or ecological monitoring programmes in accordance with the Rules on surface water status monitoring, and
      • the results of analyses of available reference materials that are representative of the samples collected and contain appropriate concentration levels in relation to the environmental quality standards or ecological status classing thresholds.
    • is qualified to analyse at least 75 % of the surface water status monitoring parameters for which environmental quality standards are set by the Rules on surface water status monitoring, and
    • demonstrates knowledge of the legislation in the following areas, with at least three existing references (e.g., professional studies, training certificates, etc.) from the last four years:
      • surface water status and surface water monitoring and
      • emissions to water from wastewater discharges.
    • is registered to perform technical consultancy or technical testing and analysis activities,
    • has the equipment to perform monitoring,
    • is qualified to perform monitoring,
    • must not be in insolvency proceedings and
    • not have been convicted of a commercial crime within the last five years.

    Legal basis

Renewal term

The authorisation is valid for six years from the date it is issued and may be extended if technical conditions are fulfilled.

If the authorised monitoring provider applies for an extension or other modification of the authorisation, a new authorisation shall be issued.

Last modified:
9. 6. 2022