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Deadline for compliance with ACEA Oil Sequences 2016

15 October 2018

Lubricant formulators and marketers have until 1 December 2018 to ensure any engine lubricants on the market making current ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) performance claims comply with the ACEA European Oil Sequences 2016.

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 is introduced, ACEA provides an overlap period to allow lubricant marketers to carry out the development programmes necessary for the reformulation of products that are making ACEA claims to meet the new specifications for current ACEA performance categories (see table* below).


 First allowable use

 Mandatory for 
 new claims

Oils with this claim may be marketed until:


 1 November 2004

 1 November 2005

 31 December 2009


 1 February 2007

 1 February 2008

 23 December 2010


 22 December 2008

 22 December 2009

 22 December 2012


 22 December 2010

 22 December 2011

 22 December 2014


 14 December 2012

14 December 2013

 1 December 2018


1 December 2016

1 December 2017

To be announced in the next  
issue of ACEA Oil Sequences

*Source: ACEA European Oil Sequences 2016

Lubricant marketers are responsible for performance claims made regarding their products meeting ACEA requirements. “It is 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 Francois Bénard, Chairman of ATIEL’s Industry Liaison Committee.

“This way end users can be assured that all the products on the market are of sufficient and consistent standard for meeting ACEA requirements.”

ACEA requires that “claims against the ACEA Oil Sequences can only be made by oil companies or oil distributors who have signed the EELQMS Lubricant Marketers’ Letter of Conformance”.

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