Cotecna Houston Accredited ISO / IEC 17020

March 10, 2011

GENEVA, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — In February 2011, Cotecna
Inspection, Inc., in Houston (USA), received the ISO/IEC 17020 certificate of
accreditation from the US ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board / ACLASS.

The scope of accreditation includes inspection services for meat
products, edible and other oils and fats, cereals and grains, containers and

ISO/IEC 17020 is an internationally recognized standard that sets out
general criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing
inspection. It recognizes Cotecna’s technical competence in the areas of
inspection methods and procedures, but also covers aspects such as;
integrity, management, confidentiality, facilities, reporting, etc.

Cotecna’s US office in Houston (Texas) is ideally located to serve East
Coast, Gulf Coast and West Coast cities and ports. They offer services
including container inspection, supervision of loading and sampling of
commodities in the agricultural sector, and tailor made services and
solutions for the commodities and consumer goods sector. Biofuel testing and
inspection includes biodiesel, ethanol and other fuels. The Houston office is
also specialized in suppliers’ audit services.

The Houston laboratory is GAFTA, AOCS, and FOSFA accredited and
specializes in the analysis of vegetable oils, tallow and other fats and oils.

The Houston office also coordinates all Verification of Conformity (VoC)
services in North and South America. This service is especially important for
companies exporting to Algeria following the 2009 ruling by the Bank of
Algeria that all imported goods must undergo pre-shipment inspection in their
country of origin by third party surveyors.

About Cotecna

Founded in Switzerland in 1974, the Cotecna group offers a wide range of
trade facilitation services, trade security services and quality
certification standards. Cotecna is a pioneer in areas such as risk
management, destination inspection and scanner integration projects and also
offers Customs modernization programmes, Customs valuation assistance, trade
security solutions and commercial inspections.

Cotecna conducts verification and certification activities across a range
of sectors for importers and exporters worldwide. Areas of particular
expertise include: agricultural products (grains, pulses, oilseeds and
feedstuffs to liquid cargoes, sugar, fibers, fruits, coffee, fertilizers…),
metals and minerals, chemical and petroleum products, marine surveys,
industrial equipment surveys, vehicle inspections and consumer goods.
Accredited laboratories and testing facilities ensure the delivery of
high-quality, verifiable results.

For a full description of our services, please visit
http://www.cotecna.com. The Cotecna Group has a combined workforce of about
4,000 employees and agents in close to 100 offices.


    Cotecna Inspection, Inc.
    E-Mail: commercial@cotecnausa.com

    Khaled Sharaf
    Business Development Manager
    Tel.: +1-713-842-4671

    Jennifer Darwin
    Operations Manager
    Tel.: +1-713-842-4672

    Cotecna Press
    Alison Bourgeois
    Vice President Corporate Communications
    Tel.: +41-22-849-78-23
    E-Mail: press@cotecna.ch

SOURCE Cotecna Inspection SA

Source: newswire

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