International Round Robin Tests 'FAME' and 'Vegetable & Used Cooking Oils'
The analysis of components and the final product forms a major part of the quality assurance of fuels. Biodiesel is no exception to this rule and therefore reliable monitoring and testing of the product properties is an essential aspect of its quality management. Therefore, the participation in round robin tests is an important instrument for laboratories to maintain and improve the standard obtained.
Since 2008 AGQM and FAM (Fachausschuss für Mineralöl- und Brennstoffnormung im DIN/ Mineral Oil and Fuels Standardization Committee within DIN) once annually conduct their international round robin test for biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel. Since 2015 one sample of the FAME round robin test contains biodiesel from used cooking oils (UCOME). This year for the first time also the round robin test ‘rapeseed oil fuel’ will be adjusted to the increased occurrence of used cooking oils. The round robin test was renamed as ‘Vegetable & Used Cooking Oils’ and one of the samples contains used cooking oils (UCO).
All interested laboratories (at company sites, contractors, research) dealing with the analysis of Biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel are invited to participate. Every year more than 50 laboratories from Germany, Europe and overseas take part.
Two different samples of each biofuel are analyzed for selected parameters of the applicable standards (EN 14214 for Biodiesel and/or DIN 51605 for rapeseed oil fuel). The participants are free to decide whether they want to join in just one or both parts of the round robin test.
Interested parties can benefit from their participation – which is mandatory for AGQM and BPAC members – as follows:
- Self-monitoring to assure the quality of analytics
- Identification of any necessary improvements
- Comparability to other laboratories
- Verification of measuring competence
- for accreditation authorities (e.g. according to EN 17025)
- for German Customs Authorities
- Collection of data for the supervision/optimization of test methods (standardization)
Upon finalization of the round robin test, all participants receive a detailed (anonymised) report in German and English as well as certificate (also bilingual) with all their individual results. In addition all results are presented at a workshop which does not only offer further information but also the opportunity for discussions with other experts.
Announcement of the Round Robin Test and registration process
Dispatch of samples → start of Round Robin Test
Submission of results and data aquosition
Evaluation of data
Dispatch of certificates and report
Workshop (in German) on the evaluation of the Round Robin Test
Preliminary schedule, actual schedule will be announced later.
Expenses include samples and dispatch, statistical assessment, final report, certificate and attendance at workshop.
We hope to have aroused your interest and would be happy to welcome you also as one of next participants.
Should you need any additional information please kindly address Katharina Friedrich: Tel. +49 30 726 259-81 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.