BQ-9000 workshops offer training; outreach ramps up

By | May 01, 2006
As fuel quality takes center stage, companies with the BQ-9000 seal of approval will have an edge over their competitors. One-day seminars, held throughout North America, will help companies learn about the program. "Understanding and Implementing BQ-9000" seminars will provide the fundamentals for implementing BQ-9000, the voluntary quality management system for biodiesel producers and marketers. BQ-9000 couples the foundation of universally accepted quality management systems with the product specification ASTM D 6751. These seminars focus on understanding the details of the requirements, the steps to implement the requirements and the most efficient approaches to managing the registration project.
Dates and places include:
4 May 4-Kansas City, Mo.
4 May 18-Dallas, Texas
4 June 8-Philadelphia, Pa.
4 July 13-Vancouver, British Columbia
4 August 10-Atlanta, Ga.

Quality managers, operations managers, BQ-9000 program managers and other management personnel from biodiesel industry organizations are encouraged to attend.
There will be one instructor at each location, and they all serve as independent auditors for the BQ-9000 program. They are Paul Henderson of Templin Quality Systems, Kent Bullard of Sustainable Options and Chris Garth of Carolina Management System Services.

Contact Anne Klempke of the NBB at (800) 841-5849 or to register for a course. It is suggested to sign up at least one week in advance.
Seminar content:
Definition of quality
BQ-9000 overview
-What is BQ-9000?
-What are the forces driving BQ-9000?
-How is the accreditation program administered?
Review of BQ-9000-The theory behind BQ-9000
-Principal concepts of BQ-9000
-Explanation of BQ-9000's 10 elements
System creation
System installation
-System demonstration
BQ-9000 requirements for documentation
-BQ-9000 documented procedures
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