Standardization of biological methods for in situ and ex situ characterization and assessment of soil and other solid materials, from agricultural land, forest, as well as urban and contaminated areas. This includes ecotoxicity, effects on biodiversity of soil living organisms, soil fauna, flora and microorganisms as well as the way of interpreting results for hazard and risk assessment purposes.

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Published ISO standards *


ISO standards under development *

Participating members
Observing members

* number includes updates

Reference Title Type
ISO/TC 190/SC 4/AHG 2   Revision of ISO/TS 20281 Working group
ISO/TC 190/SC 4/WG 2   Effects on soil fauna Working group
ISO/TC 190/SC 4/WG 3   Effects on soil flora Working group
ISO/TC 190/SC 4/WG 4   Effects on soil micro-organisms Working group
ISO/TC 190/SC 4/WG 5   Ecotoxicological aspects Working group
Liaison Committees to ISO/TC 190/SC 4

The committees below can access the documents of ISO/TC 190/SC 4:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
ISO/TC 147/SC 5 Biological methods ISO
ISO/TC 331 Biodiversity ISO


Liaison Committees from ISO/TC 190/SC 4

ISO/TC 190/SC 4 can access the documents of the committees below:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
ISO/TC 61/SC 14 Environmental aspects ISO
ISO/TC 147/SC 5 Biological methods ISO


Organizations in liaison (Category A and B)
Acronym Title Category
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD A
SETAC Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry A

ISO/TC 190/SC 4 - Secretariat

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