Sensory Evaluation Standards

    ASTM's sensory evaluation standards are instrumental in the assessment of consumer products by the use of the human senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing). The discipline of sensory analysis requires the use of a panel of human evaluators, wherein test results are recorded based on their responses to the products under test. Statistical analysis is then employed to generate inferences and insights regarding the product. These sensory evaluation standards help consumer goods developers and manufacturers in the evaluation of their goods to ensure product quality, consumer satisfaction, and marketing success.

    List of sensory evaluation standards developed by ASTM:

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    Food and Beverage Evaluation

    E1083 - 00(2017) Standard Test Method for Sensory Evaluation of Red Pepper Heat
    E1346 - 16 Standard Practice for Bulk Sampling, Handling, and Preparing Edible Vegetable Oils for Sensory Evaluation
    E1395 - 90(2017) Standard Test Method for Sensory Evaluation of Low Heat Chilies
    E1396 - 90(2017) Standard Test Method for Sensory Evaluation of Oleoresin Capsicum
    E1627 - 19 Standard Practice for Sensory Evaluation of Edible Oils and Fats
    E1810 - 20 Standard Guide for Evaluating Odor and Taste of Fish Suspected of Contamination
    E1871 - 17 Standard Guide for Serving Protocol for Sensory Evaluation of Foods and Beverages
    E1879 - 20 Standard Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Beverages Containing Alcohol
    E2892 - 21 Standard Test Method for Odor and Flavor Transfer From Materials in Contact With Municipal Drinking Water

    Fundamentals of Sensory

    E544 - 18 Standard Practice for Referencing Suprathreshold Odor Intensity
    E679 - 19 Standard Practice for Determination of Odor and Taste Thresholds By a Forced-Choice Ascending Concentration Series Method of Limits
    E1432 - 19 Standard Practice for Defining and Calculating Individual and Group Sensory Thresholds from Forced-Choice Data Sets of Intermediate Size
    E1885 - 18 Standard Test Method for Sensory Analysis—Triangle Test
    E2139 - 05(2018) Standard Test Method for Same-Different Test
    E2164 - 16 Standard Test Method for Directional Difference Test
    E2263 - 12(2018) Standard Test Method for Paired Preference Test
    E2610 - 18 Standard Test Method for Sensory Analysis—Duo-Trio Test
    E2943 - 15(2021) Standard Guide for Two-Sample Acceptance and Preference Testing With Consumers
    E3009 - 15e1 Standard Test Method for Sensory Analysis—Tetrad Test
    E3041 - 17 Standard Guide for Selecting and Using Scales for Sensory Evaluation

    Personal Care and Household Evaluation

    E1207 - 14 Standard Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Axillary Deodorancy
    E1490 - 19 Standard Guide for Two Sensory Descriptive Analysis Approaches for Skin Creams and Lotions
    E1593 - 21 Standard Guide for Assessing the Efficacy of Consumer Products in Reducing the Perception of Malodor
    E2049 - 20 Standard Guide for Quantitative Attribute Evaluation of Fragrance/Odors for Hair-care Products by Trained Assessors
    E2082 - 12(2020) Standard Guide for Descriptive Analysis of Shampoo Performance
    E2346 / E2346M - 15 Standard Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Household Hard Surface-Cleaning Products with Emphasis on Spray Triggers
    E2978 - 15 Standard Guide for Screening and Training of Assessors and a General Approach for the Sensory Evaluation of Toothpaste Appearance, Flavor, and Texture

    Sensory Applications--General

    E460 - 21 Standard Practice for Determining Effect of Packaging on Food and Beverage Products During Storage
    E619 - 17 Standard Practice for Evaluating Foreign Odors and/or Flavors from Paper Packaging
    E1870 - 11(2019) Standard Test Method for Odor and Taste Transfer from Polymeric Packaging Film
    E1958 - 20 Standard Guide for Sensory Claim Substantiation
    E2299 - 13(2021) Standard Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Products by Children and Minors
    E2454 - 20 Standard Guide for Sensory Evaluation Methods to Determine Sensory Shelf Life of Consumer Products
    E2609 - 08(2016) Standard Test Method for Odor or Flavor Transfer or Both from Rigid Polymeric Packaging
    E3093 - 20 Standard Guide for Structured Small Group Product Evaluations

    Sensory Theory and Statistics

    E1697 - 05(2020) Standard Test Method for Unipolar Magnitude Estimation of Sensory Attributes
    E1909 - 13(2017) Standard Guide for Time-Intensity Evaluation of Sensory Attributes
    E2262 - 03(2020) Standard Practice for Estimating Thurstonian Discriminal Distances
    E3000 - 18 Standard Guide for Measuring and Tracking Performance of Assessors on a Descriptive Sensory Panel


    E253 - 21 Standard Terminology Relating to Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products

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