Representation and participation

Recognized as a scientific center with multiple potential at regional, national and international levels, ISSeP is active in a number of commissions & working groups, scientific & technical committees and European expert networks.

As a member or associate member of professional organizations, groups and associations, the Institute has initiated or actively participated in events such as symposia, seminars, technical days, trade fairs, etc.

Commissions & working groups

Regional C & GT

Overview of regional commissions and working groups in which ISSeP is active :

  • Economic and Social Council of the Walloon Region (CESRW) – Waste Commission.
  • Walloon Region – Soil decree – Strategic, technical, waste, background noise and land-use planning working groups.
  • Walloon Region – DGRNE – Groundwater Observatory Steering Committee.
  • Région wallonne – DGRNE – Comité de suivi convention Synclineau – Definition of a groundwater monitoring network.
  • Walloon Region – DGRNE – Office wallon des déchets (OWD) – Commission agrément déchets.
  • Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) – PHYTO regional committee.

Federal C & GT

Overview of federal commissions and working groups in which ISSeP is active :

  • BELAB, a working group on interlaboratory tests led by a member of the QA Unit.
  • Belgian society of toxicology and Ecotoxicology (BELTOX).
  • BOSEC TCC2 (fire detection).
  • CEB TC20 C (combustion characteristics of electrical cables) + 89 C (testing of the
    fire hazards).
  • CELINE: Cellule interrégionale pour l’environnement.
  • Belgian Committee for Engineering Geology.
  • Aggregates Certification Committee.
  • Comité de concertation pour la politique internationale de l’environnement: plan coordination
    Belgian action plans for the implementation of environmental technologies.
  • Scientific and Technical Coordination Committee – Working groups: data bank and
    dust monitoring.
  • Monitoring committee for continuous dioxin monitoring of household waste incinerators.
  • Belgian Electrotechnical Committee – Study Group 31.
  • Chemicals Steering Group.
  • Natural stone – slate” specialist group of the Belgian Union for Technical Approval in the Building Industry
  • Belgian rock mechanics group.
  • Group of Belgian SIM members.
  • SPF économie, PME, classes moyennes et énergie.
  • SPF économie, qualité et sécurité – Métrologie – Service d’étalonnage : Echanges d’expérience en
    in gas flow measurement.
  • SPF santé publique, environnement, sécurité de la chaîne alimentaire: Product approval
    Plant protection products – Ecotoxicologists’ subcommittee.

International C & GT

Overview of international commissions and working groups in which ISSeP is active :

  • Aquila (Air quality references laboratories): working group under the aegis of the Joint Research Centre (ISPRA).
  • RFSC and CE expert committees: energy – solid fuels; “combustion”.
  • RFSC and CE expert committees: energy – solid fuels; “conversion and preparation”.
  • Commission internationale de la Meuse (CIM): technical support to DGRNE for the Homogeneous Measurement Network (expertise – analysis methods).
  • International Scheldt Commission (ISC): technical support to DGRNE for the Homogeneous Measurement Network (expertise – analysis methods).
  • EuraCoal – Environment Commission.
  • EIS-EMF (European information system on electromagnetic fields exposure and health impacts): member of the Advisory Board.
  • ExNB: Working group of notified bodies under the ATEX 94/9/EC Directive.
  • HLWG ETAP – Environmental technologies action plan.
  • European working groups, Belgian federal “Best Available Techniques” study group (INDSEC BAT).
  • RILEM TC191 – ARP – Reactivity and prevention – Assessment and diagnosis.
  • SNCF – RATP: member of the “test tubes” working group.

Technical committees and standards groups

Overview of technical committees and standards groups in which ISSeP is active :

  • AFNOR (X656) – Working group on the evolution of the toxicity standard and the evaluation of associated analytical methods.
  • AFNOR – Standardization program, Commission T90Q “Water quality”.
  • B197 IBN/CEN – Pressure vessels.
  • CAFE – Working group on particulate matter.
  • CEB/TC89 – Effects related to fire hazards.
  • CEN/TC20 WG10 – Combustion characterization of electric cables.
  • CEN/TC110 – Heat exchangers.
  • CEN/TC183 – Waste management.
  • CEN/TC190 – Soil quality.
  • CEN/TC227 – Road equipment.
  • CEN/TC230 – Water analysis.
  • CEN/TC 256 – Join Working Group (Fire safety – railway applications)
  • CEN/TC264/WG1 – Dioxins – Emissions.
  • CEN/TC269/WG3 and ISO TC11/WG10 – Boilers and pressure vessels.
  • CEN/TC292 – Waste characterization.
  • CEN/TC308 – Sludge characterization.
  • CEN/TC335 – Solid biofuels.
  • CENELEC TC256 WG1 and TC9xWG3 – Fire protection on railway vehicles.
  • CENELEC TC31 – Electrical apparatus for potentially explosive atmospheres.
  • HORIZONTAL – Standardisation mandate to CEN for the development of horizontal standards in the field of sludges, biowaste and soil, 2003 – 2005.
  • IEC/TC/89 – Test flames and resistance to heat.
  • I027 IBN/CEN – Solid mineral fuels.
  • I04701 IBN/CEN – Chemistry, general methodology.
  • ISO/TC146/SC1/WG20 – “Air quality – Emission – PM10/2.5 mass concentration in flue gas”.
  • ISO/TC146/SC1/WG21- “Air quality – Emission – PM10/2.5 mass concentration by dilution method”.
  • ISO/TC146/SC2/WG1- “Air quality – Workplace atmospheres – Particle size-selective sampling and analysis”.
  • ISO/TC146/SC4/ WG2- “Air quality – General aspects – Uncertainty of air quality measurements”.
  • ISO/TC146/SC6/ WG3 – “Air quality – Indoor air – Determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor air”.
  • ISO/TC/146/AHG – “Air quality – Mass emission standard”.
  • ISO/TC/147/SC2 – “Water quality chemical methods”.
  • ISO/TC/147/SC5 – “Water quality – biological methods”.
  • SPF Intérieur – Adaptation of basic standards to European reaction-to-fire classifications.

Expert networks

Overview of expert networks in which ISSeP is active :

  • CMA (Chemical monitoring activity) – Common implementation strategy for the water framework Directive.
  • EGOLF – European group of official laboratories for fire testing.
  • ENERO – European network environmental research organisations.
  • EURACOAL – European Coal and Lignite Association.
  • GISOS – Groupement d’intérêt scientifique d’étude de la sécurité des ouvrages souterrains.
  • HyNet – European network of scientific experts on the production and distribution of hydrogen as an energy carrier.
  • NESMI – Network on european sustainable mining and processes industries.
  • NICOLE – Network for industrially contaminated land in Europe.
  • PyNet – European network of scientific experts promoting pyrolysis technologies for waste treatment and biomass recovery.
  • RILEM – International Meeting of Materials and Construction Testing Laboratories.
  • SEDNET – European sediment research network.
  • SETAC-Europe/SEDNET Advisory group on sediments.

Organizations, groups & associations

Overview of organizations, groups and associations in which ISSeP is an active or associate member :

  • AGLAE – Association générale des laboratoires d’analyse de l’environnement (France).
  • ARSON prevention club.
  • ASTEE – Scientific and technical association for water and the environment.
  • BELAB – Confederation of Belgian laboratories.
  • BOSEC – Belgian organization for security certification.
  • CBR – Belgian Road Research Centre.
  • CEB – Belgian Electrotechnical Committee.
  • CCIH – Hainaut Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • CCILg – Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Liège.
  • CEBEDEAU – Belgian Center for Water Studies and Documentation.
  • CITEPA – Centre interprofessionnel technique d’études de la pollution atmosphérique.
  • CNRSSP – Centre national de recherche sur les sites et sols pollués.
  • EGOLF – European group of official laboratories for fire testing.
  • ENERO – European network of environmental research organisations.
  • EURACOAL – European Coal and Lignite Association.
  • GIMPE – Groupement des industries et entreprises du bassin de la Meuse pour la protection de l’environnement.
  • GISOS – Research group on the impact and safety of underground structures.
  • GMB Sim – Group of Belgian members of the Société de l’industrie minérale.
  • GREOA – Groupement de relance économique Ourthe-Amblève.
  • GIS 3SP – Scientific interest group for polluted sites, soils and sediments.
  • IBN – Belgian Standards Institute.
  • INERIS – Institut national de l’environnement et des risques.
  • NICOLE – Network of industries affected by contaminated sites in Europe.
  • ONDRAF – Organisme national des déchets radioactifs et des matières fossiles enrichies.
  • RILEM – International Meeting of Building Materials Testing and Research Laboratories.
  • SETAC – Society of environmental toxicology and chemistry Europe.
  • SIM – Société de l’industrie minérale.
  • SRC – Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • TECHWARE – Technology for water resources.
  • VALBIOM – Biomass valorization.