Producer enrollment begins in January for PFI Standards Program

By Lisa Gibson | November 08, 2011

The American Lumber Standard Committee, the new accreditation body for the Pellet Fuels Institute’s Standards Program, expects to begin the producer enrollment process for the program in January.

The ALCS has begun enrolling labs and auditing agencies in the three-tiered standards program and once they’re in place, will begin the enrollment process for densified fuel manufacturing facilities. Any companies interested in obtaining accreditation as an auditing agency or laboratory can contact ALSC at [email protected] or (301) 972-1700.

The PFI standards dictate pellet quality parameters for premium, standard and utility grades, including crucial aspects such as ash content, durability, fines, size, moisture content and others. The three-step testing phase will start at the mills, followed by an on-site inspection once per month from an auditor, and ending with verification of the product quality from the accreditation body, the ALSC.

The updated program documents can now be found on PFI’s website, outlining specific parameters of the program from specifications necessary to meet the standard to the roles and responsibilities of each of the program’s entities.