Our Profile

With more than 350 employees at Berlin, Rotterdam, Rheda-Wieden­brück and Vienne, bilacon is the right choice – be it in the micro­bi­o­log­ical, chem­ical or instru­mental analytics of goods, raw mate­rials and prod­ucts in processing plants, product inspec­tions relating to hygiene and food regu­la­tion for whole­sale and retailing with stan­dard­ised proce­dures, or support with new devel­op­ments, right up to the imple­men­ta­tion of and training for QM systems.

Exten­sive prac­tical and consul­ta­tive exper­tise – also in related inspec­tion fields – is further ensured by our member­ship of the Tentamus Group. This makes bilacon is a highly flex­ible full-service provider for all areas of external food, feed, nutraceu­ti­cals, health beauty and care quality control.

Our labo­ra­tory exam­ines close 200,000 indi­vidual samples annu­ally using an accred­ited and constantly

moni­tored process with the most modern analy­sers. A steadily increasing propor­tion of our work comes from abroad.

The up-to-dated­ness and safety of our method­ology is based on many years of exper­tise, labo­ra­tory oper­a­tions with inte­grated QM, constant and inde­pen­dent moni­toring by profi­ciency tests. Personal support for your order with a fixed, easily acces­sible and dedi­cated contact person is a matter of course. We provide you with customised services, even for special require­ments and complex analyt­ical tasks.

Do not hesi­tate to contact us with inquiries regarding the safety and quality of food, feed, nutraceu­ti­cals, health beauty and care and tobacco. We inspect according to your spec­i­fi­ca­tions and look forward to hearing from you!

Our Locations

  • Berlin, Germany

    From our modern headquarter in Berlin we support companies all over the world.

    Our broad range of services combines microbiological and chemical incoming goods and product control in food companies, food wholesalers and retailers through standardised and accredited procedures. We provide support for new developments and training courses on quality management systems.

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    Berlin-bilacon
  • Vienna, Austria

    Our location in Vienna also supports you in Austria with the handling of your food samples, so that you also have a local contact and excellent service here.

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    bilacon Vienna
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands

    With our location, which specializes in fruit and vegetables, we support you in the analysis of residues and release of your goods.

    Thanks to our presence at the port of Rotterdam, we can collect, prepare and process your sample on site.

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    Rotterdam bilacon
Our samplers are also at your service throughout Germany.
Please contact us:
probenahme.​blc@​tentamus.​com

Accreditation & Authorisation

Analyt­ical knowl­edge and exper­tise at labra­tory bilacon Berlin

bilacon’s exper­tise in the high-quality execu­tion of chem­ical, phys­ical, mole­c­ular biolog­ical and micro­bi­o­log­ical tests has been offi­cially confirmed with accred­i­ta­tions and approvals.

In June 1992, the compe­tence of our labo­ra­tory was confirmed in accor­dance with DIN EN 45001 for conducting tests in the areas of sensory, phys­ical, phys­ical-chem­ical and micro­bi­o­log­ical analysis of food and agri­cul­tural products.

Re-accred­i­ta­tion in 2001 confirmed that billion’s labo­ra­tory also met the new higher require­ments of ISO / IEC 17025.

At the same time, the accred­ited field surrounding the micro­bi­o­log­ical and chem­ical analysis of drinking water according to TrinkwV2001 was expanded.

In 2010 bilacon was re-accred­ited by DAkkS according to ISO / IEC 17025.

Regu­la­tory Bodies

Accred­i­ta­tion by the National Accred­i­ta­tion Body Hannover
The labo­ra­tory at bilacon was offi­cially regis­tered in 2000 by the National Accred­i­ta­tion Body Hannover (AKS). This confirmed that the labo­ra­tory met the criteria of the ISO 17025 inter­na­tional stan­dard and fulfilled the OECD prin­ci­ples for Good Labo­ra­tory Prac­tice Nos. 2 and 7. This accred­i­ta­tion is the required autho­ri­sa­tion for cross-checking experts. With currently eight control samples experts, inspec­tions of offi­cial control samples in the fields of sensor tech­nology, chem­ical, phys­ical-chem­ical and micro­bi­o­log­ical tests of food can be carried out.

bilacon is moni­tored by an inspec­tion authority whose goal is the compli­ance with safety and quality stan­dards. The bilacon GmbH testing bodies are members of the German Accred­i­ta­tion Body (DAkkS) and the relana (reli­able analytics) quality circles which repre­sent labo­ra­to­ries in the field of residue and cont­a­m­i­nant analysis.

Flex­ible accreditation

In addi­tion, bilacon GmbH is accred­ited for further fields of appli­ca­tion which cannot be found in the annex to the certificate.

The accred­i­ta­tion certifi­cate repre­sents an extract from the entire spec­trum of accred­ited exam­i­na­tion methods of bilacon GmbH.

The bilacon has three cate­gories of flex­i­bility. In cate­gory II and I, repre­sented on the certifi­cate as **) and *) respec­tively, it is permitted on the part of the accred­i­ta­tion body (DAkkS) to include test methods in the accred­i­ta­tion without prior assessment.

For inclu­sion in the flex­ible accred­i­ta­tion scope, the following three require­ments must be met:

1. the new test method can be assigned to an existing chapter of the certifi­cate system, taking into account the measure­ment tech­nique and the matrix to be examined.

2. a complete vali­da­tion or veri­fi­ca­tion of the method using the matrix to be inves­ti­gated, including the deter­mi­na­tion of all rele­vant perfor­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics, among others, limit of detec­tion, limit of quan­tifi­ca­tion, preci­sion, true­ness and measure­ment uncer­tainty, must be available.

3. the accu­racy of the method is demon­strated by partic­i­pa­tion in an external profi­ciency test in the form of an offi­cial inter­lab­o­ra­tory compar­ison, inter­lab­o­ra­tory compar­ison or other option.

Flex­i­bility in the scope of accred­i­ta­tion has been applied for and demon­strated compe­tence in this area. All test methods used by the labo­ra­tory with refer­ence to accred­i­ta­tion are veri­fied or validated.

In addi­tion, test proce­dures can be included on the certifi­cate facility upon appli­ca­tion to the DAkkS, provided that the above-mentioned three criteria are met.

Further infor­ma­tion on flex­i­bility can be found in the instruc­tions for the certifi­cate system and in DAkkS Rule­book 71 SD 0 002.

A current overview of the entire spec­trum of testing – this includes accred­ited, non-accred­ited proce­dures as well as testing proce­dures in the flex­ible scope – is currently avail­able as a printout at the loca­tions of bilacon GmbH. We are currently working on providing you an online overview soon.

For our full appli­ca­tion scope, please feel free to contact us:
info.​ber@​tentamus.​com
+49 30 20 60 38 230

Autho­ri­sa­tion

I. Autho­ri­sa­tion in accor­dance with the Infec­tion Protec­tion Act

In December 1992 the micro­bi­o­log­ical labo­ra­tory in Berlin was granted autho­ri­sa­tion to work with pathogens according to § 24 BSeuchG and/​or TierSeuchEVO. This autho­ri­sa­tion has been updated in accor­dance with § 44 of the Infec­tion Protec­tion Act.

II. Autho­ri­sa­tion for the micro­bi­o­log­ical and chem­ical analysis of drinking water

Since March 2005 the labo­ra­tory in Berlin and since March 2020 the labo­ra­tory in Rheda-Wieden­brück have been a testing body for the micro­bi­o­log­ical and chem­ical analysis of drinking water in accor­dance with §15 Abs. 4 TrinkwV2001. Sampling is included in the authorisation.

III. Autho­ri­sa­tion in accor­dance with the § 4 Tobacco Regulation

Since January 2004 the Special Analytics depart­ment has been autho­rised in accor­dance with § 4 Tobacco Regu­la­tion and is there­fore enti­tled under the § 3 Tobacco Prod­ucts Ordi­nance in conjunc­tion with Article 4 para. 1 of the EU Direc­tive 2001/37 / EC Smoke Analysis to deter­mine tar, nico­tine and carbon monoxide levels in ciga­rette smoke and perform inspec­tions on the infor­ma­tion on tar and nico­tine levels on packets.

IV. BNN authorisation

Since March 2015 bilacon has been recog­nised as a labo­ra­tory by the Feder­a­tion Asso­ci­a­tion for Natural Food and Goods (BNN) e.V. The recog­ni­tion refers to pesti­cides in fresh fruit and vegeta­bles, processed fruit and vegeta­bles, grains / cereals / oilseeds, tea / fruit teas / spices. (Certifi­cate)

V. Other authorisations/​approvals

  • Sensory experts for the eval­u­a­tion of meat and deli­catessen prod­ucts (DLG Inspector Pass, 4 staff members)
  • Sensory experts for the eval­u­a­tion of bread and biscuits (DLG Inspector Pass, one staff member)
  • 21 approved samplers for drinking water

OUR HISTORY

bilacon timeline

Our Management

Karsten Ott

Managing Director
Karsten Ott bilacon

Karsten Ott is the general manager of bilacon GmbH. He was born in Leipzig in 1963 and success­fully completed his studies in food chem­istry at the Humboldt Univer­sity in Berlin in 1989. Since 1992, Mr. Ott is working at bilacon GmbH in Berlin and was the Head of the Instru­mental Analytics Depart­ment until 2018. In the same year, he took over the manage­ment of the loca­tion in Berlin and 2022 the management.

Karsten Ott is a member of the German Food Society (DLG exam­iner) and the AG Pestizide Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCH).

Lutz Lehmann

Managing Director
Lutz Lehmann

Mr. Lehmann was born in Kiel in 1976 and studied busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion. He provides 15 years of expe­ri­ence at various testing insti­tutes and has been respon­sible for the DACH region at the Tentamus Group since 2022.

He also took over the manage­ment of bilacon GmbH in April 2022.

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