Liquefied Petroleum Gas

    2020 Annual Fee: $800 (for 2 cycles in 2020)

    Participants must purchase a cylinder from ASTM for $2400 USD in order to participate in the LPG program.

    LPG Schedule: March, November (only for 2020); March, July, November (starting in 2021)



    ABOUT THE PROGRAM

    ASTM’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Proficiency Testing Program provides laboratories with a statistical quality assurance (SQA) tool, enabling them to compare, improve, and maintain, a high level of performance in the use of ASTM methods with other laboratories worldwide. The LPG program will provide a typical mixture of hydrocarbons, principally propane, propene, butanes or a mixture of these materials. The product will be a commercially available LPG that is used as a domestic, commercial or industrial fuel.

    Conducted three times annually (except for 2020 which will have 2 cycles), this program provides a different commercial sample, electronic report forms, and test instructions for each test cycle. Your laboratory performs the tests that you normally conduct within your own facility using the specified ASTM methods cited in the program. All data and related information generated from the program is coded to maintain lab confidentiality.

    Test instructions and data report forms are provided electronically through the portal to each participant on the date samples are distributed. Labs have 8 weeks to submit test data with the final statistical summary report being electronically provided through the portal in approximately 20 business days.


    WHY SHOULD YOUR LABORATORY PARTICIPATE?

    ASTM's Proficiency Test Program provides you with:

    • A useful and meaningful statistical quality assurance tool to monitor the strengths and weaknesses of your laboratory's performance in conducting testing.
    • The resource you need to satisfy proficiency testing elements of laboratory accreditation.
    • A periodic comparison of test results with other participating laboratories.

    Should you have an issue with your published results, please write to ptp@astm.org with your lab number and account number.


    TEST MATERIALS

    Each participating lab will receive a one (1) cylinder of LPG for each of the three test cycles conducted during the year. Labs will not be able to enroll in the 2020 LPG Program if they do not purchase an ASTM cylinder when they register.


    TEST PARAMETERS

    D2163

    Hydrocarbons by GC (compositional testing)

    D5504

    Sulfur by GC and Chemiluminescence

    D5623

    Sulfur by GC

    D6667

    Total Volatile Sulfur

    D7423

    Oxygenates by GC-FID (contaminants testing)

    D7994

    F, Cl, S by Combustion IC

    NOTE: List of tests subject to change.


    DISTRIBUTION OF SAMPLES

    Test samples are prepared and distributed for ASTM International by InnoTech Alberta Inc. in Edmonton, Canada. Program registration fees include the cost of shipping the test samples to Canadian participants. Samples must be distributed in an ASTM cylinder, purchased at the time of registration. Participant must return their empty cylinder with case to the distributor to receive sample for the next testing cycle. Additional shipping costs are to be paid by the participant. Cylinders deemed unusable upon return must be replaced at the participants expense before the next testing cycle shipment. (Replacement cylinders require 15 weeks for ordering).

    IMPORTANT for all participants not located in Canada, you have the following options for receipt of samples:

    • Ship through a third party shipping agent - Provide ASTM International with the complete contact information of a designated Shipping Agent located in Canada who will be responsible for shipping samples from Canada to your facility. Participants are responsible for making financial and shipping arrangements directly with the shipping agent.
      • Please be advised that when samples are shipped, an e-mail is sent only to the contact of record on your ASTM PTP account. It is the participant’s responsibility to advise their designated shipper that the sample has been shipped.
      • We cannot permit shipping agents to pick up samples at our distributors’ warehouses.
    • Ship directly from the sample distributor via UPS, DHL, or FEDEX - Provide ASTM International with your shipping account number to cover shipping charges. Check that your carrier will deliver the test materials to your location. Materials classified as Hazardous may have restrictions.
      • You are responsible for additional fees charged-back to our distributor for any reason relative to your sample shipment including, but not limited to, fees for fuel surcharges, missing/invalid account numbers, dangerous goods, remote area delivery, and multiple delivery attempts.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Participation is on an annual fee basis and open to all laboratories. Registration fees must be paid in advance to participate. Testing must be performed within the participant's laboratory facilities. A laboratory does not need to perform all the program tests to participate.(All data and related information generated from the program is coded to maintain lab confidentiality.) All participants are required to purchase a sample cylinder and case from ASTM as part of program participation.


    ABOUT ASTM INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE D02 ON PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, LIQUID FUELS, AND LUBRICANTS

    Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, consisting of approximately 2,500 members and developer of over 814 ASTM International standards, provides the technical direction for the program. Test information generated through the program is utilized by Committee D02 to determine if modifications to ASTM International methods or new methods are warranted and to analytically review program test results.

    For Additional Information Please Contact:

    John Gallagher jgallagher@astm.org - +1-610-832-9646

    David de la Garza ddelagarza@astm.org - +1-610-832-9504