The AMESA® D System is QAL 1 certified to EN14181 and was published on the 1st of April 2014 by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in the German Federal Gazette as type performance tested. Up to now the AMESA® D
system is the only instrument on the market for long-term sampling of dioxins, which is QAL 1 certified. The normative Annex C of CEN/TS 1948-5 requires a type performance test for each system which should be used for this application.
Before the QAL 1 certification the AMESA® system passed several Type Performance Tests and certifications as follows:
– In 1997, the patented AMESA® system successfully passed a Type Performance Test carried out by TÜV Rheinland (No: 936/808017A 12.8.1997) according to the EU notified minimum requirements for long-term sampling systems (EU notification 97/26/D).
Therefore AMESA®was published in the German Joint Ministerial Gazette (GMBl, 13 January 1998, page 10) issued by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Reactor Safety (BMU).
– In 2002, AMESA® obtained the TUV Approval according to the TUVdotCom regulations (TUVdotCom-ID: 0011005400, type approval no. 936/805017B).
In addition to the performance test, such an approval included already a yearly audit by TUV similar to the later published EN 15267, which assures that the actual AMESA® systems produced conform to the test requirements during the performance test.
– In October 2005, after a 3-month field trial and laboratory tests, AMESA® received the MCERTS-certification (no. Sira MC 050064/00), based on the “MCERTS Performance Standards and Test procedures for Automatic Isokinetic Samplers Version 2”.
All measurement devices of AMESA®, which are needed to assure a correct sampling, (volume measurement, isokinetic control, temperature and pressure measurement etc.) were very intensively tested during the TÜV and MCERT tests, thus
ensuring a perfect calculation of the average dioxin concentration over the sampling time.
The most relevant tests are those related to the adsorption characteristics of the system (e.g. possible break-through of dioxins through the cartridge, possible losses of dioxins in the sampling line and condensate etc.), which are exclusively performed in the more stringent QAL1 and TUV type performance test.