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The BQ-9000 program is a unique combination of the ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) standard for biodiesel fuel production and one set by the National Biodiesel Accreditation Program, a cooperative and voluntary program for the accreditation of producers and marketers of biodiesel fuel, which focuses on overall quality management systems.
The BQ-9000 certification program builds on the ASTM D6751 fuel quality standard by requiring companies to have approved quality management systems, including storage, sampling, testing, and blending, distribution, and fuel management practices.
Accreditation is awarded following a successful formal audit of the facility and the commitment of the applicant to produce biodiesel fuel that meets the ASTM D6751 specification for Biodiesel Fuel. The accreditation process is comprehensive and includes a detailed review of the applicant's quality system documentation, followed by a formal audit of the applicant's conformance to its system. AgriFuels has assisted many producers and marketers achieve this industry standard and annually contracts with them to maintain their web-based QCS quality management systems and conduct annual surveys to maintain certification. More can be learned about the program at www.BQ-9000.org.