Certificates of analysis

Each goods delivery comes from a batch (or lot) with a corresponding batch number (analysed and cleared goods). This ensures that each product delivered in alcosuisse containers is in line with the sales specification of the respective grade. Thanks to the batch number, the product can be monitored and traced back from the time it arrives in the plant to when it is delivered. The following certificates of analysis are available upon request:

  • Ethanol certificate of analysis
  • Product certificate of analysis
  • Batch certificate of analysis

Ethanol certificate of analysis
The ethanol certificate of analysis results from the testing of the batch in the sales tank. The analysis relates to the ethanol without denaturant.

Product certificate of analysis
A product certificate of analysis can be obtained for finished mixes such as denatured F25 MEK neutral spirit or denatured Sekunda-grade spirit. The analysis for this certificate relates to the mixture provided in the tank (batch).

Batch certificate of analysis
A batch analysis certificate can be issued on request for large containers. The mix is homogenised in the large container (transport container) and then analysed. The certificate relates to this prepared batch.

ISO certification

alcosuisse is ISO 9001:2015 certified. It is committed to fulfilling its role as the Swiss supplier of ethanol in an optimal manner and offering you high-quality products and services.

Our external laboratory is accredited under ISO/IEC 17025. It carries out systematic chemical, physical and sensory quality controls based on defined analysis methods.

FSSC 22000 Version 3 (ISO 22000:2005 and ISO/TS 22002-1)

With this certification, the SQS confirms successful certification according to FSSC 22000. alcosuisse constantly strives to provide the best possible quality of product and service through its continual improvement process. The certification is the result of our quality in action, and our desire to provide customers with the best quality in the area of food safety.

ISO 22000:2005

FSSC 22000 (Delémont)

FSSC 22000 (Schachen)

HACCP - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point

The HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) concept is basically a component of the "General Principles of Food Hygiene" and of the risk management process. It is a preventive system aimed at ensuring food safety and protecting consumers. As a supplier to the food industry, alcosuisse aims to eliminate risks during the manufacture, treatment and processing, transport, storage and sale of food as well as raw materials for the production of food so as to prevent the occurrence of adverse effects or even illnesses in humans. The HACCP principles are as follows:

  • Analyse all food safety hazards within a company's area of responsibility
  • Identify critical control points for the monitoring of food
  • Establish critical limits for each critical control point
  • Establish procedures for the ongoing monitoring of food safety
  • Establish the corrective actions to be taken in the event of deviations
  • Verify whether the system for ensuring food safety is adequate
  • Document all measures.

This HACCP concept was drawn up for the first time in 2008, and is reviewed every year by external advisors.

REACH

According to Reach Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament, all imports to the EU of over one tonne must be registered with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Any party exporting substances that are subject to registration from Switzerland to the EU is, as the exporter, obliged to have registered these. As the ECHA does not wish to work directly with thousands of smaller haulage firms and distributors, registration is regulated.

Swiss companies cannot submit a registration directly to the ECHA, but must do this with the help of a sole representative who is responsible for ensuring that the amounts in question are/can be registered with the ECHA. alcosuisse's REACH contracting party is the company Intertek.

The registration of products with the ECHA requires extensive analyses in terms of toxicity and other properties, with the objective of protecting humans and the environment. The REACH Regulation aims to ensure that the risks associated with the production or application of chemical substances are identified and corresponding measures implemented.

The extensive analyses for obtaining authorisation from the ECHA generate costs which a small company simply could not afford on its own. Furthermore, to avoid duplication, the substances are registered via syndicates that assign the analyses in a targeted manner and pass on the costs proportionally. This is a type of franchise system that companies must buy into in order to continue exporting to the EU.

Since companies outside the EU are not allowed to be directly involved in the drafting of a corresponding dossier, they must proceed through a sole representative headquartered in the EU which passes on some of the costs to the companies it represents.

alcosuisse customers can therefore find the "REACH registration number of alcosuisse for ethanol: 01-2119457610-43-0098" in every safety data sheet (MSDS). Since 2012, alcosuisse has been collecting and consolidating its customers' data annually and registers this via Intertek as a service with the ECHA.

Biocide

alcosuisse is now on the "List of active substances and suppliers" ("Article 95 List" published by the ECHA list) for all three approved biocidal application areas for ethanol.

In accordance with Article 95 (2) of the Biocidal Products Regulation (Regulation (EU) no. 528/2012), a biocidal product consisting of, containing or generating a substance which is on the Article 95 List published by the Agency (ECHA) can be made available on the EU market from 1 September 2015 only if the biocidal product manufacturer/biocidal product supplier is included in the Article 95 List for the corresponding product type.

Organic ethanol

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