New BQ-9000 program elements take effect

By | February 09, 2011

The backbone of any successful industry is quality, and the BQ-9000 Program is integral in building and maintaining consumer confidence in biodiesel. BQ-9000 is a voluntary program in the U.S. and Canada, in which producers, marketers and laboratories adhere to a comprehensive quality manual built upon the foundation of ASTM D6751. OEMs and bid proposals are increasingly requiring BQ-9000-accredited companies for supply of biodiesel. This demand has caused the BQ-9000 program to grow more than 15 percent in 2010, and 2011 has already seen a huge increase in applications. 

The National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission consists of a diverse group of producers, farmers, marketers, engine manufacturers, fleet managers, renderers and technical experts who design and implement the BQ-9000 program elements. Last August the commission began to revise the Program Requirements of the BQ-9000 Quality Management System. 

The main objective was to enhance the clarity of the program requirements to ensure clear interpretation of each element, making it easier for BQ-9000-designated companies to comply.
After several meetings and discussions, the revised program elements were sent out for a comprehensive peer review. This review included stakeholders from all areas of the industry including biodiesel consumers. The NBAC studied each reviewer’s comment individually to see if changes or adjustments needed to be made to the proposed revisions. 

The revised program elements became effective Feb. 1. The manuals for Producer, Marketer, and Laboratory now include a Part B, which contains all of the pertinent policies used by the NBAC. This includes explanation of the audit certification process, certification suspension and revocation, reconsideration and appeal processes, provisional status, status of idle facilities and change of ownership, BQF-1 Form, and Recertification form.

These revisions have made it much more convenient for accredited and prospective organizations and is another step in the continued goal of improving biodiesel fuel quality.

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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