Biodiesel quality assurance program, BQ-9000, continues growth

By | May 11, 2009
The most reputable biodiesel quality program in the world has increased in power as a tool for biodiesel marketers, producers and now laboratories.

The National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission continues to refine BQ-9000 protocols. The commission most recently approved revisions to both the BQ-9000 marketer program and the BQ-9000 producer program requirements.

Marketer program changes include clarifying tank testing requirements, further guidance on co-mingling shipments of B100 and modifying fuel blending verification requirements.

Meanwhile, changes to the BQ-9000 producer requirements involved including the cold soak filterability test in the critical testing parameters, refining production lot tank homogeneity requirements and additional guidelines on co-mingling production lots of B100.

The NBAC also released a new certification for commercial laboratories. The BQ-9000 lab program covers the establishment and maintenance of a quality management system in commercial laboratories that analyze biodiesel and biodiesel blends. Laboratories operated by BQ-9000 producers and marketers are also eligible to seek this certification. The lab certification program focuses on several analytical related areas such as test result reporting, equipment calibration and maintenance, quality control and proficiency testing.

These revisions and constant vigilance to monitor and improve the BQ-9000 programs assures the voluntary programs remain a value-added feature to product marketability. It also assures products can be followed from production to end user to easily and quickly manage potential quality concerns with a legal chain of custody.

For a complete list of BQ-9000 certified marketers and producers visit:
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