Olfasense has delivered thousands of individual odour studies across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. We have also equipped more than 325 laboratories, research institutes, universities and companies worldwide with our specially designed, bespoke odour measurement technology. Click on the the arrow on the right hand side, to find out more.
The Olfasense Identity
Olfasense is an internationally leading specialist odour consultancy assisting industry to assess and solve environmental odour problems and to evaluate commercial products using sensory and molecular analysis techniques.
In everything we do, we are guided by our corporate identity, which embodies what our customers can expect when interacting with our company.
Our identity is comprised by our six guiding principles, which form the basis of our utmost goal to serve satisfied clients with precisely targeted and tailored solutions.
Satisfied clients equipped with precisely targeted and tailored solutions
We are reliable by delivering on our promises
We offer in-depth expertise and a comprehensive partner network
We are unique because of our international and cross-sectorial level of excellence
We listen to our customers to offer them precisely what they need
We work with passion and agility
We stand out for our creativity and innovative spirit
- Our management and business team
- Our odour experts
- Our laboratory and field teams
- Our engineering and sales team
Anouk Snik-van den Burg
Anouk Snik-van den Burg
Dr. Nathalie Nibbe
Dr. Hansruedi Gygax
Dr. rer. nat. Heike Hauschildt
Ninya den Haan
Lieke van Genderen
Jana von Leesen
Olfasense started small and has achieved growth and success thanks to its partners, who help make us what we are today. We’ve always looked for opportunities to share knowledge and work in partnership, and we do this right across our portfolio. We’re proud of our strong ties with partners from academia and both private and public sectors.
More About Us
We've started small but we've always aimed high. Find out more about our history, our scopes of accreditation, and our involvement in relevant odour working and standardisation groups.
Offering accredited services to the highest possible quality standards
Olfasense has always aimed to be an innovator, so it is fitting that we pioneered ISO 17025 accreditation – the main and most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories globally. We obtained our first (ISO 17025) accreditation certificate on 28 September 1993 for our Amsterdam laboratory.
We now run two testing laboratories for olfactometry according to the European Olfactometry Standard EN 13725, in Germany and the Netherlands. In addition, the German laboratory is accredited for the VDA 270 measurement method.
What’s more, our manufacturing and testing process of Nalophan gas sample bags is accredited under ISO 17025.
In addition, Olfasense is accredited to carry out proficiency tests for the measurement methods EN 13725 and VDA 270 according to ISO 17043.
Being instrumental in the standardisation of odour measurements
Olfasense members were key players in all relevant odour working and standardisation groups since 1993:
|Time||Working Group||Description||Olfasense Expert Involved|
|1995 - 2003
2012 - now
|CEN/TC264/WG2 Olfactometry||EN13725 Air Quality – Determination of odour concentration by dynamic olfactometry||Heinricht Mannebeck
|2002 - 2005||NVN 2818: 2005||Writing Dutch standard for hedonic tone measurements||Anouk Snik - van den Burg
|2004 - 2011||VDI 3880||Olfactometry – Static sampling||Dietmar Mannebeck
|since 2005||Werkgroep luchtkwaliteitsmodellen, WLM||Dutch working group on air dispersion modelling||Anouk Snik - van den Burg
|since 2006||CEN/TC 264/WG 27||EN 16841-1 (draft) will describe a grid method which uses direct assessment of ambient air by panel members to characterize odour exposure in a defined assessment area
EN 16841-2 (draft) will describe a plume method for determining the extent of the downwind odour plume of a source
|2008 - 2011||ISO/TC 34/SC 12 Sensory analysis - NEN committee (NL)||Dutch standardisation committee on sensory analysis (general)||Anouk Snik - van den Burg|
|since 2008||mirror commitee to ISO/TC 146/SC 6/WG 14||Determination of odour emissions from building products using test chambers (ISO 16000-28 and ISO 16000-30)||Björn Maxeiner|
|since 2008||VDI 4302||Sensory testing of indoor air and determination of odour emissions from building products||Björn Maxeiner|
|2009 - 2013||VDI 3884||Olfactometry - Determination of odour concentration by dynamic olfactometry -
Supplementary instructions for application of DIN EN 13725
|2010 - 2013||VDI 3883||Effects and assessment of odours - Conflict management in air pollution abatement - Fundamentals and application to ambient odour||Dietmar Mannebeck|
|since 2010||VDI-WG 3885 / 1||Odour measurements of liquids||Dietmar Mannebeck|
|2011 - 2012
|NTA 9065||Air quality - Odour measurements - Odour measurement and calculation||Anouk Snik - van den Burg
|since 2012||NEN - odours (geurmetingen)||Dutch standardization committee for odour measurements (general)||Anouk Snik - van den Burg
|since 2012||VDI 4221||Quality assurance - Requirements on interlaboratory tests in immission control -Requirements on providers of interlaboratory tests||Björn Maxeiner|
|since 2013||NVN 2818||Revision of Dutch standard for hedonic tone measurements||Anouk Snik - van den Burg
|since 2014||VDI 3788 / 2||Environmental meteorology - Odour dispersion modelling - source term determination via backward modelling -||Dr. Heike Hauschildt|
|since 2014||VDI Committee - air quality||Committee to direct the air quality activities in the VDI||Dr. Heike Hauschildt|
|since 2016||CEN TC 264 WG41||Electronic sensors for odorant monitoring||Dietmar Mannebeck|
Find out more about Olfasense's history.
Dr Heinrich Mannebeck - known as the father of modern olfactometry in Germany - starts developing the TO series olfactometers.
Frans Vossen and Ton van Harreveld establish PRA BV, a company specialised in environmental odour assessment.
PRA BV becomes Odournet.
As a spin-off of Kiel University, ecoma GmbH is founded by Heinrich Mannebeck and his children Dorothee and Dietmar Mannebeck. A company with an initial focus on instrument development, ecoma becomes the world’s leading supplier of odour laboratory technologies and odour measurement equipment.
OLFAtec is founded as an ecoma subsidiary. Its focus is on sensory product and material testing and it becomes the first company in the world to be accredited for the Interlaboratory Comparison (ILC) EN 13725 testing scheme that is still in use today.
Odournet merges with ecoma GmbH and OLFAtec GmbH, seizing the opportunity to sustain innovation by pooling talents and ideas.
Odournet GmbH and Odournet NL B.V. are renamed to Olfasense, after the shareholders of Odournet decide to split the company into two separate groups, which results in a spinoff of the Dutch and the German branch companies.
We’ve come a long way, and we’re still aiming high. Our goal is to maintain our position as a major specialist odour consultancy and the world’s leading supplier of odour measurement equipment, while also expanding our activities in the complementary fields of human sensory analysis and molecular testing.