Colombian government approves Eurofins QTA for biodiesel analysis

By Ron Kotrba | June 04, 2012

On June 1, Des Moines, Iowa-based Eurofins Scientific Inc. announced that earlier this year the Colombian Department of Mining and Energy recognized Eurofins QTA as the approved provider of analytical services for all of the country’s biodiesel production facilities. Colombia’s biodiesel industry is governed by a regulatory framework that affects all phases of biodiesel refining, importation, storage, management, transportation and distribution within its national boundaries.

Colombia’s regulatory body evaluated and approved a proposal that established the Eurofins QTA System as the national standard for monitoring the quality control processes of biodiesel production companies. Mandated utilization of this standard by biodiesel producers is effective for 24 months and requires adoption of all aspects of the system including the onsite near-infrared and mid-infrared (IR) instrumentation, software, online database, sampling protocols, and established system procedures. After the analysis, biodiesel lots that meet the Eurofins QTA System requirements are certified for commerce within Colombia.

The Eurofins QTA System is a patented analytical service that enables clients to quickly and easily test the quality of products and materials, reliably and accurately. QTA was founded by Cognis Corp. in 2001, which was acquired by BASF in 2010. On March 23 of this year, BASF announced that it entered into an agreement to divest its QTA Quality Trait Analysis division in an asset sale to a wholly owned subsidiary of Eurofins Scientific. 

Eurofins QTA handles all the technical development, configuration, management and monitoring behind the scenes, enabling accurate quality testing by nontechnical personnel, and allowing its clients more freedom in managing their operations. With high-quality data, obtained in rapid times, Eurofins QTA helps its clients measurably increase the value of their finished product, improve process yields, reduce waste and rework, and improve profitability. Its leading technology serves stakeholders in multiple industry segments, including biodiesel, pesticides, seed and grain, chemicals, food, ingredients, and dietary supplements.

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