Press Release — ICA Bremen News - International Certification Scheme is Launched
Photographs included with this media release:
1. Mr Kai Hughes, ICA Bremen Managing Director
2. ICA Bremen laboratory
ICA Bremen launches ‘International Laboratory Certification Scheme’
ICA Bremen - the global centre for cotton testing, research and quality related issues - has
launched a new ‘International Laboratory Certification Scheme’.
Firms can now apply to have their laboratories certified by ICA Bremen. The scheme will assess
cotton testing laboratories across the globe. Each laboratory will have to meet a level of quality
assurance based on specific criteria, including laboratory conditioning, calibration, testing
procedures and strong performance in Round Trials conducted under the auspices of the Task
Force on Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC) formed by the
International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). Once certified, they will become a ‘laboratory of
choice’ to resolve quality disputes in line with ICA Bylaws & Rules.
ICA Bremen is confident that the new scheme will raise the bar in the quality testing arena and that
it will bring significant benefits to the cotton trade, both for laboratories and end users. “By
certifying a laboratory, ICA Bremen is effectively giving its ‘stamp of approval’ and confirming that it
meets our high standards,” said Kai Hughes, ICA Bremen’s Managing Director. “For laboratories,
certification represents credibility and competence plus recognition and competitive advantage
right across the cotton community. In addition, as part of the process, our experts offer advice and
information to help laboratories achieve and maintain the set standard.
The scheme gives the end user confidence in choosing a certified laboratory, as well as offering
them more choice. It reinforces a trusted and internationally recognised mechanism for the
resolution of quality disputes through a clearly defined quality procedure.”
Terry Townsend, Executive Director of ICAC, added, "The laboratory certification scheme further
strengthens the role of instrument testing in cotton marketing, thus contributing to the increased
competitiveness of the entire cotton marketing system. I welcome the establishment of the
certification scheme and hope that eventually all laboratories will meet the highest testing
standards as represented by ICA Bremen certification.”
Full details, including a certification application form, can be found at www.ica-bremen.org.
(see below for editor’s notes)
Editor’s notes: About ICA Bremen
ICA Bremen is an 'international centre of excellence' for cotton testing, research and quality training.
Operating from existing, state of the art laboratory facilities in Bremen, Germany the centre was officially launched in
The centre combines the global reach of the International Cotton Association with the quality expertise of
Bremer Baumwollboerse and the Bremen Fibre Institute (FIBRE).
ICA Bremen’s other services include; Laboratory testing, Quality arbitration, Round trials, Cotton grade standards,
Research & development and Cotton classing & testing training.
For more information on ICA Bremen and its services, please visit www.ica-bremen.org.
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