23 November 2012
Lubricant formulators and marketers in Europe have until next month to ensure that any engine lubricants on the market claiming to meet ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) performance requirements comply with the current oil sequences.
After 22 December 2012, engine lubricants claiming ACEA performance should comply with the requirements of the current 2010 Oil Sequences, or the new 2012 Oil Sequences due to be released later this year.
ACEA updates its oil sequences around every two years to take account of changes in engine design and technology and the requirements of emissions legislation. When a new set of oil sequences are introduced, ACEA provides an overlap period to allow lubricant marketers to carry out the development programmes necessary for the reformulation of products to meet the new specifications, for current ACEA performance categories (see table* below).
|Sequence issue||First allowable use||
Oils with this claim may
be marketed until;
|2004||1 November 2004||1 November 2005||31 December 2009|
|2007||1 February 2007||1 February 2008||23 December 2010|
|2008||22 December 2008||22 December 2009||22 December 2012|
|2010||22 December 2010||22 December 2011||....|
*Source : ACEA European Oil Sequences 2010
Lubricant marketers are responsible for performance claims made regarding their products meeting ACEA requirements. “It’s important for the integrity of the European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System (EELQMS) and the ATIEL Code of Practice that all lubricant marketers update their formulations to the new sequences within the required timeframe,” says Gordon Lamb, acting chairman of ATIEL’s Technical Council.
“This is the way that end users can be assured that all the products on the market are of sufficient and consistent standard for meeting ACEA requirements.”
Compliance with the ATIEL Code of Practice is mandatory for any ACEA claim. Therefore, claims can only be made by lubricant marketers or distributors that have signed the EELQMS oil marketers’ Letter of Conformance (details of which can be found at: www.atiel.org).
ACEA intends to release its next evolution of oil sequences by the end of 2012. Please visit: www.acea.be.