Beta Analytic Inc., located in Miami, Florida, was founded in 1979 with a commitment to meet the demand of radiocarbon dating with rapid delivery and responsiveness to customer needs. Rapid delivery of results was essential to the then emerging contract archaeology industry. The now mature Cultural Resource Management industry continues to rely heavily on Beta Analytic for its radiocarbon dating needs.
Enactment of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 attracted Beta’s managers in a similar fashion as the Archaeological Resource Protection Act of 1979. The 2002 bill specifically requires federal procurement agencies to purchase products with the highest biobased content. Since biobased content is a measure of present-day carbon vs. fossil carbon, only a minor modification in the final calculations was required to turn a “radiocarbon date”1 into a “biobased content certification.” With Beta Analytic’s expertise already in place, it was well positioned to immediately provide a reliable resource to the emerging biobased manufacturing industry.
In 2003, under the direction of the USDA, the CIRAS facility at Iowa State University undertook a program to test Beta Analytic’s capabilities (as well as many other laboratories). By June of 2004, Beta Analytic had analyzed over 200 biobased products under controlled test conditions delivering all results within 1 to 3 weeks. Results confirmed the viability of radiocarbon dating for biobased content certification and the commercial capabilities of Beta Analytic to provide a reliable service.
In 2008, the company was awarded the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation by Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, boosting its reputation as a highly competent and reliable testing laboratory.
Today, Beta Analytic is the world’s largest radiocarbon dating and biobased content testing laboratory. Its devotion to accuracy, dependability, and confidentiality is the foundation upon which its colleagues’ faith and trust is built.