Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Did you know that AOCS has a nutraceutical oils laboratory proficiency program?

The GOED-AOCS Nutraceutical Oils Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP)  series allows laboratories associated with the producers of ingredient omega-3 oils and of finished products containing EPA and DHA, as well as third-party laboratories, to evaluate and demonstrate the proficiency of their testing abilities as part of the world's most extensive and respected collaborative proficiency testing program. 

The GOED-AOCS Nutraceutical Oils series addresses several important quality parameters, such as peroxide value and anisidine value as readouts of oxidative quality, as well as acid value, in addition to the quantification of EPA, DHA and Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids. A variety in testing sample types ranging from refined fish oils from various fish species to highly concentrated forms of EPA and DHA as ethyl esters, allow the proficiency testing of a wide range of ingredient forms that are relevant to the nutraceutical market. 

The GOED series has been a part of the AOCS proficiency program since 2008.  The series was initiated by the GOED organization (Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s). Originally the series was a test for the GOED Voluntary Monograph. It quickly became one of the more popular series.  Over the last few years other methods have been determined to be proficient in testing. Along with the Voluntary Monograph and AOCS method Ce -1i-07, USP 401, and Ph. Eur.2.4.29 are also acceptable for testing. 

The GOED series is open for enrollment until August 20

More information and enrollment in this LPP series

Analysts who participate in all quarters of the series can apply to be an Approved Chemist. Approval is earned by superior performance during the previous LPP year. Labs with Approved Chemists are featured in the AOCS Recommended Lab Directory. 

Learn more and apply for the Approved Chemist Program.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Dawn Shepard, Laboratory Program Manager, AOCS, dawns@aocs.org.

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