Quality Assessment

Testing, Monitoring and Certification (TMC)

TMC | Monitoring

The Fraunhofer WKI is a recognized testing, monitoring and certification body for national and international quality associations, authorities and organizations and performs monitoring for various certification procedures in the wood and wood-based materials sector. In the monitoring center, a competent team of auditors ensures proficient monitoring activities. Regular internal and external training courses together with the participation in specialist events and knowledge-sharing ensure that the auditors are always up-to-date with the latest developments. In addition to mandatory random sampling in dependence on the certification procedure, the auditors also take samples of the materials in order to determine flammability properties, PCP/lindane and the constituents of waste wood.

Monitoring for building products in accordance with the Landesbauordnung (regional building regulations, LBO) can be executed on the basis of “allgemeinen bauaufsichtlichen Zulassungen” (general building authority approvals, abZ) or “allgemeinen bauaufsichtlichen Prüfzeugnissen” (general building authority test certificates, abP). We are able to offer these forms of monitoring for the following building products:

  • laminate floor coverings in accordance with EN 14041
  • parquet in accordance with EN 14342
  • wall coverings in accordance with EN 15102
  • floor coating systems in accordance with EN 13813 und
  • wood-based materials

The Fraunhofer WKI is recognized by IKEA for the monitoring of its in-house factory production controls in accordance with the IKEA specification “IOSMAT0003”. Furthermore, the Fraunhofer WKI also offers monitoring of the weight values of industrial wood in compliance with the cooperation agreement “Forst-Platte-Papier” in Austria.

Moreover, the Fraunhofer WKI is authorized by the Pflanzenschutzamt der Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen (Plant Protection Office of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture) to carry out the testing of drying and heating chambers for customers in the sawmill and wood-based materials industries. These chambers serve the heating of wood packaging in accordance with the IPPC standard ISPM No. 15.

The Fraunhofer WKI collaborates with external, contractually-bound auditors in European and non-European countries. Monitoring is offered in the following regions:

  • Europe (complete)
  • North, Central and South America
  • Russia
  • Africa

 

Document management

The Quality Assessment department offers its customers a document management system (content server) for accessing and downloading documents. Our partners can profit from the following advantages:

  • Additional service, provided by the Fraunhofer Society
  • Free registration and use
  • Personal login
  • Worldwide access to documents
  • Document archive for certified products