Lithuania launches a laboratory conforming to European standards2010-07-07
Lithuania launches a laboratory conforming to European standards
The European Commission announced 29 notified wastewater treatment plant laboratories authorised to CE mark wastewater treatment plants. These 29 laboratories include the Wastewater Treatment Plant Laboratory of the Certification Centre of Building Products recently opened in Maišiagala near Vilnius.
On 1 July 2010, the requirement to CE mark domestic wastewater treatment plants came into force; therefore, test reports that the laboratory issues to manufacturers will authorise to CE mark wastewater treatment plants and market them in the domestic and other European markets.
“It is good news for our enterprises exporting their products to other countries, which require certification that the plants conform to EU requirements and standards,” said Robertas Encius, director of the Certification Centre of Building Products.
The opening of such laboratory has been necessitated by the need of manufacturers to test their plants: prior to that, Lithuania could offer no testing opportunities, and it was too expensive to take plants for laboratory testing abroad. The laboratory was opened with a view to primarily serving Lithuanian manufacturers and ensuring the entry of quality products into the market.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant Laboratory is the result of the project ongoing for three years. The result was achieved with the assistance from the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE). The project jointly implemented with the Ministry of Environment has given an opportunity to learn the experiences of many European countries and gain knowledge. There are expectations for future cooperation with the leading European laboratories and becoming their partners.
Ministry of Environment information
7 July 2010