How a European Standard about odours was born in 1991

on . . Visite: 38067

referendum ukraine
Photo: referendum in Ukraine
in December 1991.

  It was around 24 years ago in Amsterdam. To be precise the 2nd of December, 1991. At the same time that Mikhail Gorbachev was thinking about resigning as President of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, a group of enthusiasts met to discuss about the first standard about odour concentration measurement. Today, 33 countries of Europe are using this standard to measure odour concentration. But that was not easy a few years back.

   To start with this history we should go back to 1984.

   In 1984 a quantitative air quality guideline for odours from industrial sources was introduced in the Netherlands. This guideline was based on the measurement of odour emissions using olfactometry, followed by dispersion modelling to predict frequency of exposure to hourly average. Also in 1986 the standard VDI 3881 on Olfactometry - Odour threshold determination – Fundamentals was published in the still Federal Republic of Germany.

preliminary agenda

  Preliminary agenda of the first meeting in Amsterdam.  

   The 13th of March of 1991, around a year after the German reunification, there was a meeting in the beautiful city of Bonn, still seat of the government of the new Germany. The Technical Comittee (TC) 264 "Air Quality" of the CEN met and agreed to create a Working Group about odours. This was a huge step as there was not much legislation about odours at that time. The Convenor of this group was set to be a person that began to work on odours in 1979 and who was proposed by the NEN for this task, a Dutch guy named Anthon Philip van Harreveld.

   The event took place in Amsterdam and the preliminary agenda set 12 points to discuss. The first meeting of the Working Group two of the Technical Committee two hundred and sixty-four (TC264) of the European Committee for Standardization coded as CEN/TC 264/WG 02 took place a cold day of the 2ndof December of 1991. The newspapers showed that morning the results of the referendum on the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine.

   The world was changing and still 21 guys met to discuss about odours at a European scale for the very first time.

   But who assisted to this first meeting? Well, I would like to pay a tribute to these particular “pioneers”, so here is the list of attendees:

  They took the work of other pioneers such as Fechner, Weber, Dravnieks, Zwaardemaker, Stevens, Mannebeck, McGinley and many others and started to work with a standard about odours.

   The European Standard specified a dynamic olfactometric method to measure the odour threshold and it was planned to include the following subjects:

  1. Terms and definitions
  2. Field of application
  3. Sampling strategy
  4. Sampling at point sources
  5. Treatment of samples
  6. Description of dilution instrumentation
  7. panel selection
  8. data processing
  9. Calculation of emission rate by concentration
  10. Traceability

   The working group (WG) formed an editing committee with Ms. Perrin, Ms. Paduch and Mr Clarkson in order to either translate the documentation available or to check other translated documents. In this very first meeting, the group agreed to analyse existing national standards in order to identify areas of agreements and divergence. In addition a bibliography was compiled and sent to the delegates to complete this listing.

   Other aspects were also discussed in the very first meeting that lead the way, 12 years later, to the standard EN 13725:2003 Air quality - Determination of odour concentration by dynamic olfactometry.

   Enjoy the minutes and resolutions of this first meeting.

 

If you find this article interesting, you might be also interested in these articles.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location
  • Merry Christmas and happy festivities

    22 Dicembre 2021
     We hope you spend a wonderful time with your family and friends on these special dates. Many things have happened along this year 2021. It was a complicated year in general and particularly hard...
  • Drone-based environmental odour monitoring: SNIFFDRONE

    23 Novembre 2021
       Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) produce gaseous emissions that might be olfactory annoying to the surrounding population. Current odour assessment methodologies are based on costly ...
  • Rubix changes to Ellona

    10 Novembre 2021
        The French company Rubix, directed by the Mr. Jean-Christophe Mifsud, former CEO of Alpha MOS is switching to a more intelligence-focused service and that is why the company recentl...
  • Incidence with olores.org e-mails

    10 Novembre 2021
       For technical reasons, we were unable to receive or send e-mails from our Olores.org accounts during a couple of weeks of November. So, if you contacted any of us from the 3rd November un...
  • New Development International handbook on Odour Management Plans

    29 Luglio 2021
       The AMIGO Association is starting to take the first steps to create an International Guideline on Odour Management Plans (OMPS) and is looking for volunteers with experience in this fie...
  • Standard development on IOMS halted

    29 Giugno 2021
       Over five years have passed by since the first meeting of the Working Group (WG) 41 dealing with Instrumental Odour Monitoring Systems (IOMS). WG41 is under the umbrella of the Technical ...
  • Registration for the EN 13725 Interlaboratory Comparison 2021 is now open

    09 Marzo 2021
       Olfasense has announced the registration for the annual proficiency test for Dynamic Olfactometry according to the European Standard EN 13725. All laboratories around the world are invite...
  • IEEE looks for Standardization Volunteers

    26 Gennaio 2021
       The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has launched a new open call for experts to participate in several new standards related to Olfaction Devices. The organizatio...
  • What happened in 2020 in the odour management world

    31 Dicembre 2020
    The team of Olores.org would like to wish all its readers a Happy New Year. Again Olores.org has grown beyond our wildest expectations. In terms of readership, this year we got about 63,088 page views...
  • 1st Workshop of ASPIDI project in Puglia, Italy

    25 Novembre 2020
       This Thursday, November 26th, at 15:00 (CET), the first workshop of the ASPIDI project (Automatic System Supported by the Population for the Identification of Diseases by Smelling Immunit...

NOTA! Questo sito utilizza i cookie e tecnologie simili.

Se non si modificano le impostazioni del browser, l'utente accetta. Learn more

I understand