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ASTM WK76754

New Guide for Selecting and Using (Rapid) Sensory Characterisation Methods

1. Scope

2.1 The scope of the Committee shall include all activities pertinent to the development of standards and technical publications, to enhance the practice of sensory evaluation through the education of professionals in sensory and consumer research, to develop and promote conformity to accepted best practices, and the stimulation of research for the sensory evaluation of products, materials, information and services.

These objectives shall be furthered by:

2.1.1 Cooperation with other committees of ASTM and with other organizations.

2.1.2 Preparation of standard terminology.

2.1.3 Establishment of principles of psychophysical test methods.

2.1.4 Preparation of standard practices guides and other publications for design and conduct of tests, collection of data, analysis and interpretation of results, as well as to address relevant topics in the field of sensory evaluation.

2.1.5 Fostering the study of relationships between sensory evaluations and the physical, chemical and functional performance measurements of products.

2.1.6 Fostering the study of relationships between sensory evaluations and the characteristics of the respondents who perform the evaluations

2.1.7 Dissemination of information through a variety of communication channels including technical publications, and other venues such as seminars, symposia and workshops.


rapid methods; sensory; alternative methods; characterization;


New methods, commonly referred to as Rapid Methods, have emerged because traditional descriptive analysis methods are often considered too time consuming, too expensive or resource intensive. The intention of this guide is to provide recommendations on method selection while balancing resource, risk and time constraints. These methods are applicable to product screening, narrowing down samples and for preliminary development work. Many books exist explaining Rapid Methods though ASTM does not currently have any standards published on this topic. This guide will serve as an umbrella document that helps sensory evaluation professionals to choose the method that is most appropriate for project objectives so that sound and timely business decisions can be made.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E18.05

Committee: E18

Staff Manager: W Scott Orthey

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 05-02-2021

Technical Contact: Veronika Jones

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