Bottled Water

SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS has a worldwide network of services - contact us and we are sure to find a solution for any problem you may have.

We can provide you with a comprehensive range of services from one source, including concept development, project planning, advice about sampling logistics, analytical services and troubleshooting. With our expert knowledge and many years of experience we see ourselves as a full-service partner for the entire bottled water industry.


  • Analysis and Sampling
  • Expert opinions
  • Engineering
  • Training
  • Outsourcing

There is no standard definition for "bottled water" on the international market. Because of this, the water market outside the EU differs in many ways from the domestic market and this situation requires knowledge of the special legal underlying conditions.

The understanding of mineral water in the EU is that it is a natural product with original purity which comes from an underground water deposit and has to be protected against contamination. Therefore, very stringent quality requirements have to be fulfilled to obtain the obligatory official recognition and usage approval. But recently other types of water have become established, such as spring water and table water. Also, as part of new statutory regulations, products such as Reverse-Osmosis-Water have also become marketable.

Bottled medicinal water is a special case as it is not classified as a food, but is, in fact, subject to the conditions of the German Drug Law. This, in turn, requires a relatively extensive approval and routine monitoring procedure.

Our range of services

  • According to MTV, TrinkwV, LMBG, EU Directives, DIN / DIN EN / ISO,
    AMG, IBWA, WHO Standards, trade association statutes, etc.
  • Process materials (disinfection agents, caustic solutions, acids, brine, air,
    carbon dioxide, nitrogen)
  • Special analysis (Twister, TOF-SIMS)
  • Surface and solids analysis with X-ray fluorescence and REM/EDX systems
  • Special analysis of packaging material (PET, glass, lids, etc.)
  • Screening analysis with GC-MS
  • Semi-quantitative detection of individual substances
  • Material testing with weathering (UV effects, etc.)
  • Sensorial tests
  • Microbiology: traditional microbiological methods, modern identification
    systems, PCR gene probe techniques, bioavailability, detection of
    heterotrophic microorganisms and biofilms


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D - 65232 Taunusstein
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