innovation at the service of agriculture and agro-industry

integrated solutions for greater and better production, sustainability and environmental conservation

Agriculture for high quality food production, biodiversity conservation and rural landscape preservation

At ISQ we believe in a present and future with production and diversity of high quality foods available to all 365 days a year. We work to increase crop yields without increasing the production area, reducing production costs and resources with a view to a lower environmental impact. Be part of the new digital transition in the agricultural sector.

Solutions to support the Agricultural and Agro-industrial sector

We have several certified laboratories and specialized teams in essential services for the agricultural and agro-industrial sector.

In partnership with the Operational Center and Irrigation Technologies (COTR), we offer an integrated agricultural analysis service, which covers certification standards such as Integrated Production, Organic Production, GLOBALGAP, BRC and Vulnerable Areas in Soils, Plant Matter and Watering Waters.

We offer a range of services covering food security needs:

  • Analytical Services: Chemical and Microbiological Analyses
  • Consulting and Technical Support, Technical Solutions.
  • Training
  • Food contact: Verification of compliance with European legislation, FDA, and other agencies.
  • Mechanical, climatic, suitability, integrity, transport simulation
  • Suitability and product suitability.
  • Consulting and support, training and audits to suppliers
  • Energy Efficiency: energy rationalisation and management audits and plans, transition to renewable energy, Energy Efficiency Plans (PEE)
  • Water Efficiency: Water audits and plans to rationalize water use, reuse of water from ETARs, pumping system efficiency
  • Waste Recovery: Laboratory analysis to waste for its recovery, agricultural and industrial symbiosis, recovery of waste from farms and manufacturing industries and food.
  • Equipment calibration: calibration of a wide range of equipment by Laboratory with Quality System according to NP EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and accredited by IPAC
  • Testing of irrigation equipment: the ISQ-COTR laboratory allows you to test, with warranty, the various irrigation equipment according to the standards that apply to you.
  • Inspection of agricultural sprayers: Mandatory Periodic Inspection Centre for Plant Protection Equipment and Application (Certificate 23/2017), with a mobile inspection center ready to go to farmers
  • Decision support tools: tailored tools to facilitate decision-making on farms and agro-industrial sectors.
  • Conformity of agricultural equipment and machinery: inspection and testing, peritations, CE marking, Machinery Directive
  • Control of occupational safety risks and environmental impacts in the agricultural sector: assessment of exposure to chemical and biological agents (legionella,…), occupational and technological risk assessment (PHA, HAZOP, JSA, …), fire safety, ATEX standard, environmental due diligence, life cycle assessment, carbon footprint

Our regulatory and technological solutions and services for the agro-industrial sector help address the new challenges of a more global and competitive market.

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ISQ operates throughout the value chain of the primary sector, providing integrated services and innovative technological solutions that allow to increase the competitiveness, sustainability and productivity of agro-industrial systems

ISQ’s role in this sector

Being a large Technological Interface Center, ISQ is a unique entity that brings together four complementary valences:

  • As a Technological Interface Center, links higher education institutions and companies, for the enhancement of products and services and the transfer of technology.
  • The business side of the group, with a group of affiliated companies that are specialists and leaders in their areas of activity, which makes it possible to benefit from the most recent trends, challenges and opportunities, whether nationally or in the different geographies in which ISQ is positioned
  • The set of accredited fixed and mobile laboratories in the most varied areas and sectors
  • Participation in regulatory and standard-setting bodies, with an active role in defining norms and standards

This allows ISQ not only to promote technology transfer and innovation in companies, through certification processes, improvement of quality and efficiency in production, support for innovation activities, access to technologies under development and training of human resources, but also to provide high quality and recognized services, in accordance with the most rigorous standards and applicable norms.

Isq’s presence in the agro-industrial sector

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QFA – the Unit for Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agri-Food

ISQ has decided to combine the various valences it already has in the chemical, pharmaceutical and agri-food sectors with regard to analyses and trials, and has created a highly specialized unit called FFQ (Chemistry, Pharmaceutical and AgroAlimentar), dedicated to providing analysis services to various sectors of activity.

These are areas of activity with a high technological and scientific component, based on the accumulated experience of laboratory activity of the ISQ Group.

Agricultural Analyses

The services provided by the Chemistry Laboratory of ISQ (LABQUI), cover a very wide range of tests ranging from Chemical Analyses to Environmental and Food Control.

Analytical services in the agricultural field have a strong impact on the safety of the sector, promoting not only the optimization of cultivation, fertilisation, harvesting and distribution processes as well as the promotion of safe agricultural production and protection of society in general through chemical and microbiological analysis of food.

The client enjoys a service of high professionalism, high quality standards, total exemption and impartiality in issuing results and technical opinions. You can also enjoy solutions tailored to your needs due to the laboratory's capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Labqui, in partnership with the Center for Operational and Irrigation Technologies (COTR), develops an integrated Agricultural Analysis service whose evaluation of the results gives rise to the issuance of recommendations / technical reports in order to meet the needs of plants, through a rigorous application of macro and micronutrients.

The recommendations/technical reports fall within the requirements of farmers' field notebooks covered by certification standards such as Integrated Production, Organic Production, GLOBALGAP, BRC and Vulnerable Areas:

  • Agricultural soils.
  • Plant matter.
  • Watering waters.

Labiagro is a Chemical and Microbiological Laboratory of the ISQ group, dedicated to quality control and food safety. Endowed with a team of excellence with high training and experience and a unique laboratory structure, it has the most advanced technology and offers a set of differentiating services that are an integral and indispensable part for ensuring food safety and quality, contributing to a more conscious society.

Labiagro provides services to all food chain operators, including producers, industry, distributors, storers, from various sectors of activity. It provides knowledge as a complement in decision-making and presents specialized services and integrated solutions that result in a significant improvement in the performance levels of organizations involved in the food chain, improvement of their processes and consequently in safeguarding the health and well-being of consumers, thus contributing to the minimization of risks to public health.

The services are based on 3 main themes:

  • Analytical Services: Chemical and Microbiological Analyses
  • Consulting and Technical Support, Technical Solutions.
  • Training
Tests on packaging, materials, high consumption products and food contact

Through the National Packaging Center (CNE), ISQ Group Laboratory specialized in tests on packaging, materials, products of great consumption and food contact. The CNE develops tailored tests in several areas, in order to evaluate the performance of the products taking into account the purpose for which they are intended. Among the laboratory activity, we highlight the ability to evaluate materials and packaging through the following services:

  • Evaluation of mechanical/physical properties, with tensile, compression, bending, among others.
  • Climate tests: accelerated aging, temperature and humidity control, life cycle analyses.
  • Product performance: leak assessment, integrity, impact, etc.
  • Transport simulation, evaluation of packaging behavior: vibration, compression, falls, etc.
  • Food contact, verification of compliance with European legislation, FDA, Council of Europe: global migration, specific migration, residual quantity, etc.
  • Assessment of the suitability of the packaging to the product (protection, storage and distribution requirements).
  • Optimization of packaging against your product.
  • Evaluation and preparation of technical data sheets / declarations of conformity, and other supporting documents.
  • Support services in the evaluation of documentation, tailored training actions, and conducting audits to suppliers.

Resource efficiency (water, energy and raw materials) is an essential component for more competitive and sustainable agriculture and agro-industries both at the environmental and economic level.

In this context, in the field of energy, ISQ carries out:

  • Energy audits and energy rationalization plans. We analyze the various types of energy consumed and propose improvement measures with estimated implementation costs and return on investment period.
  • Energy management plans. We support in the definition of indicators, data collection and training of energy management teams.
  • Evaluation of the potential for the implementation of renewable energies and preparation of specifications and consultations with the market, in the area of photovoltaic production for self-consumption.
  • Evaluation and refrigeration systems with verification of efficiency associated with the energy consumption of the equipment.
  • Projects and energy efficiency (PEE). The implementation of a PEE begins with an energy assessment to energy-consumer systems, a study of how to provide the capital needed to implement measures and improve, implement the project and deliver results. The investment is amortized through the energy savings generated by the implementation of the project.

In the field of water, ISQ operates both at the level of the facilities and in the level of irrigation:

  • Water audits and plans to rationalize water use. We analyze the inflow and outflow of water and propose improvement measures with estimated implementation costs and return on investment period. Improvement measures include ways to reuse the water outflows from the farm or facility.
  • Analysis of the potential for reuse of water from ETARs.
  • Efficiency of pumping systems and energy evaluation.
  • Support in decision support in the management of water supply and treatment systems.

In the context of the recovery of waste or by-products from the agricultural sector, ISQ operates in the following services:

  • Laboratory analysis of waste from the agricultural sector with the objective of its recovery.
  • Evaluation of opportunities for agricultural and industrial symbiosis. With study of the potential mutually beneficial relationships between companies that are part of an agricultural or industrial ecosystem (residue of an industry used as a raw material in another in order to "close the cycle").
  • Evaluation of the potential for recovery of waste from farms and manufacturing and food industries.

The calibration of measuring equipment and instruments associated with production control is intrinsically associated with the quality of agricultural processes or agro-industrial products. Evaluating the performance of measurement equipment over time is critical to the reliability of measurement results. Any deviation can condition the correct decision making and affect the quality of processes and products.

ISQ scope:

  • Calibration of insensitizers for animal slaughter.
  • Thermometers, temperature loggers, humidity probes, PH.
  • Hygrometers and thermohygrometers, manovacuometers, pyrometers.
  • Scales, ballasts, pasta.
  • Pressure gauges, transducers and pressure transmitters.
  • Greenhouses, ovens and climatic chambers.
  • Flow counters.
  • Gas meter and gas analyzers.
  • Autoclaves and baths.

All calibrations are performed by Laboratory with the Quality System implemented in accordance with NP EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and accredited by IPAC.

The importance of rationalizing the use of water for irrigation is undeniable to raise the sustainability standards of crops. However, if irrigation equipment does not work effectively and efficiently, this action alone does not guarantee this objective.

Although many new equipment may have been installed in accordance with the applicable standards, after being installed, its operation may suffer anomalies that need to be identified and corrected. Located in Beja, the laboratory of testing of irrigation equipment, which results from the partnership of ISQ-COTR puts at the disposal of farmers an infrastructure capable of testing, with guarantee, the various equipment according to the Standards applicable to it. The following services stand out:

  • Ensure the correct operation and performance of the water counters, according to the manufacturer's requirements.
  • Identify malfunctions and help resolve problems found in the field.
  • Determine the operating characteristics of the equipment supplied by the manufacturer, on the basis of which the installation project is carried out.
  • Track installed equipment to ensure its correct operation throughout its life cycle.
  • Support manufacturers of irrigation equipment in the development and manufacture of new technologies.

Periodic inspection of sprayers is reflected in more efficient and homogeneous applications, which use the correct doses, minimizing the waste of syrup and ensuring greater effectiveness of treatments.

Together with other good practices, the inspection of the equipment, allows to check and check the state of operation, contributing to the prolongation of the life of the sprayer. This scenario brings declared advantages to the applicator, consumer, environment and producer.

The ISQ was recognized and certified by the General Directorate of Veterinary Food (DGAV) as a Mandatory Periodic Inspection Center for Plant Protection Equipment and Application (Certificate 23/2017). It has a mobile inspection centre with all the appropriate equipment and duly certified to carry out the inspection and ready to go to meet the farmers.

Generally considered in agricultural value chains are software that can prove to be an important part in farm-specific data-based decision-making, improving productivity as well as environmental outcomes.

ISQ develops tailored tools to facilitate decision-making on farms and agro-industrial sectors.

THE ISQ carries out the verification of the conformity of agricultural equipment and machinery in the sector of work in service, constituting this verification in an inspection of mechanical and electrical components with the execution of the applicable tests (functional tests, reliability of safety systems, electrical, load, etc.).

  • Support in the definition of technical solutions for the integration of safety in work equipment.
  • Support in the preparation of inspection and testing procedures.
  • Technical peritagens.
  • CE marking of machines:
  • Intervention as a Notified Body/Accredited Entity for the machines listed in Annex IV to the Machinery Directive.
  • Technical support to manufacturers in the integration of essential safety requirements in machinery with a view to CE marking.
  • Initial verification of compliance of safety requirements in the reception of equipment.
  • Risk analysis to machinery and equipment.
  • Support in the development of technical manufacturing processes.
  • Support in the preparation of technical documentation (e.g. manuals, procedures, etc.).

ISQ supports the promotion of safety and health at work and in the control and reduction of environmental impacts through multidisciplinary teams and the network of accredited laboratories, which ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. To this end, it elaborates:

  • Specific studies evaluating exposure to chemical (plant protection, dust, …), physical (thermal stress, lighting, optical radiation and electromagnetic fields) and biological (Fungi and Bacteria, of which Legionella stands out).
  • Specific studies of professional and technological risk assessment (PHA, HAZOP, JSA, …) and organises work safety services in the form of external services and support for internal services.
  • Specific studies and tests that ensure the implementation of legal and regulatory requirements for fire safety (MAP, Training and Simulacrum, technical audits and monitoring of tests to the systems of fire and extinguishing).
  • Specific studies that ensure the control of the risk of the formation of potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX) (cereal silos, forklift batteries, Natural Gas Networks, Biogas, …).
  • Soil contamination studies.
  • Due Environmental Dilligence.
  • Packaging waste management procedure and good practices.
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA).
  • Carbon footprint.

ISQ is a percussor entity of technology and digitization in various sectors of the industry with extensive experience in national and international projects. In the R&D area related to agricultural systems, ISQ works on areas related to sustainability and resource efficiency in agriculture (water and energy) and animal farms, process digitization and digital decision support tools. The projects carried out include:

In addition to the R&D activity, ISQ also supports farmers and agro-industrialists in identifying funding opportunities in national and international programs.