ATIEL launches Compliance Policy for meeting ACEA engine lubricant quality standards
ATIEL, the technical association of the European lubricants industry, has launched a new Compliance Policy aimed at supporting lubricant marketers who make valid performance claims against the ACEA Oil Sequences, for which compliance with the European Engine Lubricant Quality Management System (EELQMS) is required.
“The policy aims to encourage greater compliance across the industry through the continuous monitoring of automotive engine lubricant quality in the market and the exchange of information and technical data that supports the education of lubricant marketers,” according to ATIEL.
It also provides a framework for supporting marketers, who are responsible for all aspects of product liability, to take corrective action to address noncompliance issues. This includes procedures for ATIEL to give feedback and advice to marketers or to take action against them, depending on the severity of the noncompliance.
The policy, which comes into force with immediate effect, currently applies only to engine oils that claim to meet the requirements of the ACEA Oil Sequences, but the principles apply equally to other clearly defined technical standards.
EELQMS is an overarching quality management system that embraces various standards, test methods and procedures, Codes of Practice and the ACEA Oil Sequences requirements. It was developed jointly by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the Technical Committee of the Petroleum Additives Manufacturers in Europe (ATC) and ATIEL and is the only quality system that can be used to support ACEA performance claims.Only marketers who comply with the EELQMS guidelines and sign and submit a Letter of Conformance to ATIEL are allowed to put the relevant ACEA category claims on their product packaging and marketing materials.
Only marketers who comply with the EELQMS guidelines and sign and submit a Letter of Conformance to ATIEL are allowed to put the relevant ACEA category claims on their product packaging and marketing materials.
Ongoing lubricant quality surveys conducted by ATIEL, using an independent laboratory and methodology, are used to determine a lubricant product’s compliance with EELQMS and hence the validity of a performance claim.
The full ATIEL compliance policy is available on the ATIEL website.