Thursday, September 2, 2021

Did you know that AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) has an NIOP Fats and Oils series?

The NIOP Fats and Oils series was originally developed as a support to the National Institute of Oilseed Products (NIOP). Participants who showed superior performance in the series were granted Approved Chemist status, and their names were listed on NIOP’s website. 

The program has grown and today laboratories around the world participate in this series to demonstrate their competency in analyzing a variety of oil products. Proficiency in the Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPPprovides assurance to your stakeholders, customers and regulators – and gains you the international recognition that you deserve. 

The NIOP Fats and Oils series offers four samples throughout the year (1 sample/quarter). Laboratories participating in this LPP series carry out tests including assessment of AOCS Color (red), Free Fatty Acids, Iodine Value, Mass/Unit Volume, and Saponification Value. The deadline to enroll in the 3rd and 4th quarter for the 2021-2022 LPP year is November 20, 2021. 

Analysts who participate in all 4 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 for the 2020-2021 NIOP Fats and Oils series include: Amspec LLC., Certispec Services, Inc., Dallas Group of America, Eurofins Central Analytical Laboratory, Inc., Eurofins Nutrition Analysis Center, Intertek Agri Services, Isotek Laboratories, and Thionville Laboratories, LLC.

Labs with Approved Chemists are featured in the AOCS Recommended Lab Directory

If you have questions about this program, please contact Dawn Shepard, Laboratory Proficiency Program Manager at

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