Our Profile

With more than 350 employees at Berlin, Rotterdam and Zagreb, 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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  • Zagreb, Croatia

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

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  • 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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Our samplers are also at your service throughout Germany.
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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:
+49 30 20 60 38 230


The bilacon GmbH is a registered GMP+ laboratory and analyzes feed samples for the critical compounds pesticides,aflatoxins, heavy metals, fluorine and the sum of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs and non-dioxin-like PCBs.



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 has 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


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Our Management

Karsten Ott

Managing Director
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Karsten Ott is the managing director 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).


Frank Barsch

Managing Director
Abgar Barseyten

Frank Barsch has been Managing Director of bilacon since mid-2024. Together with Karsten Ott, he will focus on the commercial and strategic development of the company.

Frank Barsch brings over 30 years of experience in various management positions, including roles at SGS and Eurofins. His expertise includes analytical and laboratory technology, logistics, interim management and process optimization.

In his new role at bilacon, Frank Barsch will develop innovative strategies to drive growth and competitiveness, identify new business opportunities, expand into new markets and deepen customer relationships. He will also focus on optimizing operational processes and realizing efficiency gains to ensure the long-term profitability of the company.

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