Number of BQ-9000 labs doubles as fuel quality program grows

By NBB | July 17, 2012

The backbone of the BQ-9000 program is the unique combination of the ASTM standard for biodiesel, ASTM D6751, and a quality management system that includes storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution, and fuel management practices to ensure quality for consumers. As more producers and marketers become BQ-9000-certified, it has become increasingly important for there to be more certified laboratories to provide testing.

Just halfway through the year, the BQ-9000 laboratory program has more than doubled with the addition of four newly accredited laboratories, bringing the total to seven. The four new labs include:

• AmSpec Services LLC laboratory, Linden, N.J.

• Inspectorate America Corp, Linden, N.J.

• AmSpec Services LLC laboratories, St. Rose, La.

• AmSpec Services LLC laboratories, Galena Park, Texas

The BQ-9000 laboratory program continues to grow as more applicants are currently in the certification process now. 

According to BQ-9000 Program Manager Kyle Anderson, more than 80 percent of U.S. biodiesel production is from BQ-9000-accredited producers. This number continues to increase as more biodiesel producers are accredited into the program, and it shows the industry’s continued commitment to fuel quality.  Also this year, the program has accredited five additional producers and one marketer, bringing year-to-date totals in the program to 40 certified producers, 23 marketers and seven laboratories.  

The BQ-9000 program is open to any biodiesel producer, fuel marketer or testing laboratory. For more information, or to inquire about becoming a BQ-9000 Accredited Organization, contact Kyle Anderson at the National Biodiesel Board office.

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