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, 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 email@example.com with your lab number and account number.
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 current LPG Program if they do not purchase an ASTM cylinder when they register.
Hydrocarbons by GC (compositional testing)
Sulfur by GC and Chemiluminescence
Sulfur by GC
Total Volatile Sulfur
Oxygenates by GC-FID (contaminants testing)
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.
All participants are required to purchase a sample cylinder and case as part of program participation. Participants may continue to use the cylinder and case from last year’s participation, provided these were returned to InnoTech.
Cylinders must be purchased from ASTM International.
Participant must return empty cylinder with case to distributor to receive sample for the next cycle. Additional return shipping costs are to be paid by participant.
Cylinders deemed unusable upon return must be replaced at participant’s expense before next cycle shipment (replacement cylinders require 15 weeks for ordering).
You may purchase additional cylinders/cases if you do not wish to return cylinder for each cycle. (reminder: cylinders require 15 weeks for ordering). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order additional cylinders.
What do you do with the empty cylinder?
Please return empty cylinders to: InnoTech Alberta Inc. 250 Karl Clark Road Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6N 1E4 Attn: Amanda Prefontaine
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.