EN ISO 17402:2011

Soil quality - Requirements and guidance for the selection and application of methods for the assessment of bioavailability of contaminants in soil and soil materials (ISO 17402:2008) EN ISO 17402:2011

Publication date:   Oct 17, 2011

General information

60.60 Standard published   Jun 22, 2011


CEN/TC 444 Environmental characterization of solid matrices

European Norm

13.080.01   Soil quality and pedology in general



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ISO 17402:2008 provides guidance for the selection and application of methods to assess bioavailability for the characterisation of contaminated soil and soil materials. ISO 17402:2008 does not give a selection of the best applicable methods, but specifies boundary conditions and principles of methods to be used and gives the minimal requirements for the development of methods. The results obtained from such methods can be used as an estimate of bioavailability in a risk-assessment approach.
The contaminants considered in ISO 17402:2008 are metals, including metalloids, and organic contaminants, including organometal compounds. This International Standard is also applicable to metals originating from natural geological and pedological processes (natural pedo-geochemical content).
ISO 17402:2008 can also be applied to sediments.

Life cycle


EN ISO 17402:2011
60.60 Standard published
Jun 22, 2011


Adopted from ISO 17402:2008 IDENTICAL