AOCS seeks lab participants

By Kris Bevill | October 14, 2008
Web exclusive posted Oct. 21, 2008 at 2:18 p.m. CST

The American Oil Chemists' Society is seeking participants for a biodiesel feedstock quality test series. Feedstock suppliers and producers who operate laboratories are encouraged to participate. The series is part of the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program, one of the world's most extensive proficiency programs for oil and fat-related commodities, oilseeds and edible fats.

The goal of the proficiency program is to assist laboratories in achieving and maintaining peak performance of staff and equipment. This latest test series is designed to further that goal by assessing the proficiency of labs at measuring common aspects of feedstock quality prior to any processing. Parameters that will be analyzed include cleanliness, purity, oxidative stability and fatty acid composition.

AOCS Technical Specialist Gina Clapper said the society is currently assessing interest for the test series. The deadline for participation inquiries is Nov. 20. Participants will be charged an enrollment fee for receiving samples and AOCS reports; however the exact price has not been determined. Clapper would like to have at least 40 participants for the series and added that they are able to accommodate labs from anywhere in the world.

Those interested in taking part in the test series can contact the AOCS technical services division at 217-693-4809 or e-mail Clapper at [email protected].
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