Technical Services to the Trade

Many transactions are conducted on a cash-against-documents basis and, therefore, trust and reliance is placed on the validity and accuracy of the documents presented. Certificates of Weight and Analysis are significant in this regard and FOSFA has developed detailed protocols to which companies issuing these documents must comply.

Superintendents are appointed to assess weights and produce a Certificate of Weight and, in addition, draw samples of the goods

Analysts are appointed to carry out tests on the samples in order to ascertain that the goods are of contractual quality/specification; the results being reported in a Certificate of Analysis.

Under FOSFA contract terms, only superintendents and analysts registered as FOSFA Members can be appointed to act in these roles. Superintendents and analysts become members by following the appropriate member scheme and by agreeing to comply with the terms and conditions contained therein. Full details of these schemes can be found using the following links:


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