Beta Analytic Inc.
Beta Analytic is accredited to the ISO 17025 standard. The company provides ASTM D6866 and EN 15440 testing for refuse-derived fuels, tire-derived fuels, and other waste-derived fuels as well as their carbon dioxide emissions. ASTM D6866 measures biogenic/biomass content of carbon dioxide emissions. It is also applicable for biobased content testing of biobased products like bioplastics, biolubricants, and biofuels.
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Beta Analytic Inc., located in Miami, Florida, was founded in 1979 with a commitment to meet the demand of radiocarbon dating with rapid delivery and responsiveness to customer needs. Rapid delivery of results was essential to the then emerging contract archaeology industry. The now mature Cultural Resource Management industry continues to rely heavily on BETA for its radiocarbon dating needs.
Enactment of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 attracted BETA's managers in a similar fashion as the Archaeological Resource Protection Act of 1979. The 2002 bill specifically requires federal procurement agencies to purchase products with the highest biobased content. Since biobased content is a measure of present-day carbon vs. fossil carbon, only a minor modification in the final calculations was required to turn a 'radiocarbon date'1 into a 'biobased content certification.' With BETA's expertise already in place, it was well positioned to immediately provide a reliable resource to the emerging biobased manufacturing industry.
In 2003, under the direction of the USDA, the CIRAS facility at Iowa State University undertook a program to test BETA's capabilities (as well as many other laboratories). By June of 2004, BETA had analyzed over 200 biobased products under controlled test conditions delivering all results within 1 to 3 weeks. Results confirmed the viability of radiocarbon dating for biobased content certification and the commercial capabilities of BETA to provide a reliable service.
Also in 2004, BETA joined the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee D20.96 to help author the ASTM standard for biobased content analysis using radiocarbon dating. This standard was adopted in July 2004 as ASTM D6866, which is now used to verify the biogenic (biomass) fraction of heterogeneous fuels and CO2 emissions as required in greenhouse gas protocols. The method has been incorporated into California's AB 32 and The Climate Registry's greenhouse gas protocols.
A variant of ASTM D6866, the CEN/TS 15747, is used to monitor refuse-derived fuels for the European Union's Emission Trading Scheme.
BETA supports climate change initiatives and provides the tools for organizations to analyze the fuels and other materials being used to fulfill the requirements of greenhouse gas protocols and renewable energy programs. This is accomplished by having access to the best available technology that is capable of delivering accurate data, both efficiently and dependably. Understanding and satisfying this need has resulted in a growing client list of over 9,000 scientists and engineers from more than 30 countries worldwide.
In 2008, BETA was awarded the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation by Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, boosting its reputation as a highly competent and reliable testing laboratory.
Today, BETA Analytic is the world's largest radiocarbon dating laboratory. Its devotion to accuracy, dependability, and confidentiality is the foundation upon which its colleagues' faith and trust are built.
Beta Analytic utilizes chemical methods as outlined in ASTM D6866. The standard is available for download (for a fee) from ASTM.
Quality control measures at Beta are designed to ensure the accurate reporting of every result. Internal standards are run daily. Multiple cross-checks (including bar-coding) are performed throughout each analysis. Internal and external controls are analyzed routinely to measure and monitor ongoing laboratory accuracy and reproducibility.
Calculation and reporting of results are performed using in-house software with built-in multiple cross-checks for each result. Citing the full list of cross-checks is beyond the scope of this document. A broad system of cross-checks comprises 300 pages of quality control commitment outlined in Beta’s ISO 17025 quality assurance documentation.
Beta's quality assurance program is audited annually by the Department of Energy for work done in previous years for the nuclear storage industry.
Quality Assurance Report
Beta Analytic clients receive Quality Assurance reports with their results. The QA report provides the results of reference materials used to validate radiocarbon analyses prior to reporting. Known value reference materials were analyzed quasi-simultaneously with the unknowns. Results are reported as expected values vs measured values. Reported values are calculated relative to NIST SRM-4990B and corrected for isotopic fractionation. Results are reported using the direct analytical measure percent modern carbon (pMC) with one relative standard deviation.
It is the policy of Beta Analytic Inc. not to release information to any inquiring party other than the submitter, their representatives, and the entities paying for the analyses (if different than the submitter), except when required to do so by federal or state demand.
If multiple parties are to have access to results, the submitter must provide the names of the individuals authorized to receive the results.
Beta Analytic considers all results to be the property of the submitting entities.
It is agreed that in the event of (a) breach of any warranty, (b) breach of contract, or (c) negligence of Beta Analytic Inc. as well as its agents or representatives, the liability of Beta Analytic Inc. shall be limited to the repayment to the purchaser (submitter) of the individual analysis price paid to Beta Analytic.
Beta Analytic Inc., its representatives and agents, shall not be liable for any damages, either direct or consequential.
Services are provided under the terms and conditions stated in Beta Analytic's published Price and Services brochure. Other terms and conditions are only recognized by Beta when accompanied by an authorized signature of a Beta Analytic owner or officer. Such signatory is only authorized when preceded by direct and acknowledged correspondence between the two parties. Beta does not recognize nor accept terms designated under such wording as “by accepting this work you agree to the following terms” unless accompanied by said authorized signature.