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08/06/2009 - AENOR certifies the Quality of the Management and Analysis System of the Fuel and Biofuels Laboratory of ITQUIMA (Infocampus)

The accreditation guarantees the quality of the work that the laboratory of the regional University develops.

The Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Francisco José Aquiles, has presented to the media the UNE-EN ISO 9001: 2008 quality certificate and the IQNet certificate from AENOR granted to the Institute’s Laboratory of Fuels and Biofuels of Chemical and Environmental Technology (ITQUIMA). Both certificates recognize the quality of their management and analysis system. The event was attended by the director of ITQUIMA, Juan Francisco Rodríguez; the general director of Industry and Energy on the Board of the Communities of Castilla-La Mancha, Benito Montiel; the director of Agecam, Luis Antonio Martínez; and José Ramón Ruiz and María Jesús Ramos, technical director and responsible scientist of the Laboratory of Fuels and Biofuels of Itquima, respectively.

 The Laboratory of Fuels and Biofuels of the Institute of Chemical and Environmental Technology (ITQUIMA) of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) has obtained the quality certificate of its management and analysis system in accordance with the requierements of the UNE-EN standard ISO 9001: 2008 and the IQNet certificate by AENOR.

The laboratory, sponsored by the Ministry of Industry, energy and Environment of the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha through the Regional Agency of energy (Agecam), offers services of analysis and characterization of biofuels in accordance to the standard EN 14214, of conventional fuels and waste characterization with calorific value; and it is the first in this field to receive the AENOR accedriation in Castilla-La Mancha.

This certification, in words from the Vice Chancellor for Research of the UCLM, Francisco José Quiles, corrobarates that the work carried out by its researches is done by meeting hight quality standards, which has been recognized by a neutral entity, “one of the basic and indispensable pieces to enhace and increase the penetration of biofuels in the market, and to offer the consumer confidence in the moment of its use”. In this way, according to Vice Chancellor of Research, who has announced the accreditation with the director of ITQUIMA, Juan Francisco Rodríguez, and the General Director of Industry and energy on the Board, Benito Montiel, the laboratory “fulfills a service for public utility”.

Also, the director of ITQUIMA has indicated that the Laboratory of fuels and Biofuels of the regional University is qualifies to provide technical and scientific advide to companies in the sector, and that is why he has called on them to “take advantage” of this tool, which has all the technical and human resources needed to allow the complete characterization of traditional fuels (gas oil and gasoline) and biofuels (biodiesel and bioethanol), based on the international analysis methos imposed by the current fuel regulation.

Obtaining ISO 2001:2008 is the starting point for other certification, in which the Laboratory of Fuels and -Biofuels has already begun to work, also under the guidance of Agecam, which, as Benito Montiel has indicated, has contributed 50,000 euros in order to get this laboratory responsible for accrediting the quality of biofuels  that are marketed in Castilla-La Mncha and Spain. “We want this laboratory and Castilla-La Mancha to become a national reference in the field od biofuels and, therefore, in the coming years, we will continue working together with the University of Castilla-La Mancha to achive that attainment”.

Luis Antonio Martínez, manager of Agecam, also attended the presentation of the certificates; and so happend with José Ramón Ruiz, technical director of ITQUIMA’s Laboratory of Fuels and Biofuels; and María Jesús Ramos, responsible for the aforementioned laboratory.

 Communication Cabinet  UCLM. Ciudad Real, June 8, 2009

Benito Montiel and Francisco Quiles showing the certificates.