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Applying for recognition as a soil protection expert


The Act on Protection against Harmful Soil Changes and on the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (Bundes-Bodenschutzgesetz - BBodSchG) provides for the involvement of experts in several places. In order to be recognized as an expert in this field, you must have the necessary expertise and technical equipment as well as be suitable for this activity due to your reliability and personal integrity.

Recognised experts are recognised and active in six different fields:

1. Areal and site-specific recording/historical exploration

2. Risk assessment for the soil-water pathway

3. Risk assessment for the soil-plant pathway

4. Risk assessment for the soil-human pathway

5. Remediation

6. Hazard identification, assessment and prevention of harmful soil changes due to soil erosion by water

If the recognition authority has checked all requirements and your professional suitability/competence has been determined, recognition and notification will be made by decision and with a certificate of recognition.

The recognition and disclosure authorities responsible for this vary from one federal state to another. Often these are the chambers of industry and commerce, but also the chambers of engineers, chambers of agriculture or state offices can be responsible.

Their recognition and disclosure takes place partly with a time limit, partly indefinitely, depending on the ordinance and federal state.

The contact details of the experts recognised and notified shall be published in uniform registers.

If you already have a public appointment in accordance with § 36 GewO in the requested subject area and have completed suitable further training, you often also provide proof of the necessary expertise for recognition according to § 18 BBodSchG in conjunction with the respective ordinance. Thus, there are some experts who, in addition to their public appointment according to § 36 GewO, also have recognition according to § 18 BBodSchG.

As experts according to § 18 BBodSchG, experts are usually recognized in the federal states whose expertise, reliability and technical equipment has been checked in another federal state according to comparable requirements. There is no need to re-check.

The review of experts according to § 18 BBodSchG is regulated differently in all federal states and is carried out according to the ordinance applicable in the respective federal state.

  • You first submit a written application. The application must indicate the subject area(s) for which the application is to be submitted. With the application, you must submit additional documents listed in the application.
  • You will receive a fee notice. In principle, the fees are due with the application.
  • In addition, the recognition authorities check the reliability as well as the technical equipment and your liability insurance.
  • Their professional suitability is examined by committees or expert bodies for soil protection and contaminated sites. Again, you have to bear the costs.
  • The review procedure usually consists of the evaluation of your submitted expert opinions as well as a written elaboration and an expert discussion.
  • The result of the review will always be communicated to you in writing. If desired, the decision can be explained in a conversation.
  • If the recognition authority has checked all requirements and your professional suitability/competence has been determined, recognition and notification will take place by decision and you will receive a certificate.
  • Their recognition is published in the nationwide directory of experts and also published in the publication organ of the recognition authority.
  • You have the necessary, comprehensive expertise
  • You have the necessary technical equipment
  • You are personally reliable
  • You have the necessary liability insurance for the expert work
  • Curriculum vitae as well as complete description of professional activity and expert work to date
  • A passport photo (also digital)
  • Certificate of good conduct "for submission to an authority" in the original according to § 30 Abs. 5 BZRG (not older than three months)
  • Excerpt from the Central Trade Register "for submission to an authority" in the original according to § 150 Abs. 5 GewO (only required, for commercial activity)
  • Tax clearance certificate/certificate in tax matters of your responsible tax office in the original
  • Copy of your liability insurance for personal injury, property damage and financial loss
  • Certified copies of certificates (professional qualifications, diplomas, doctoral certificates), copies of professional awards
  • Certificates of participation in specialist and expert seminars, copies of employment and service certificates (e.g. certificates from the last/current employer)
  • Five self-prepared expert opinions per subject area, which are suitable for proof of competence in the requested subject area
  • Expert opinion journal of the last two years
  • Certificates of further education of the last two years

Please ask the competent authority whether you need to submit further documents.

The fees vary and are determined by the individual authorities and chambers according to their own costs.

Fees Costs: 300 – 2500 EUR

In addition, there are the expenses for expert committees and information.

Costs/fee for the review in the expert panel: 1000 – 3000 EUR

The necessary tests are very extensive and can take between six and eighteen months, depending on the area of order.

  • Form: Application form of the recognising authority
  • Online procedure: not possible
  • Written form requirement: yes
  • Personal appearance required: yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce

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