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.
ASTM's Proficiency Test Program provides you with:
Should you have an issue with your published results, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
|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.
Test samples are prepared and distributed for ASTM International by SGS North America Deer Park, TX. 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: All participants are required to provide shipper information.
What do you do with the empty cylinder?
Please return empty cylinders to:
ATTN: SAMAN TEAM
SGS North America
1201 West 8th Street
Deer Park, TX 77536
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.
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.