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ASTM WK76754

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

1. Scope

The purpose of this guide is to discuss selecting and using the methods that can be used to describe the sensory characteristics of products . It focuses specifically on the methods commonly referred to as Rapid Methods. The requirements, strengths and limitations for each method are explained, and the rationale for the selection of a specific method is provided. Specific methods discussed in this guide include: (still to be defined). Traditional Descriptive Analysis is outside the scope of this guide; please refer to Manual 13 for guidance on these methodologies. This guide will not explain in detail the methodology associated with each specific sensory test method, references to existing publications are included.


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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