Oil analysis testing methods can vary widely. Utilizing standardized methods helps ensure the same method of testing is being performed regardless of who is performing the testing.
ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), helps ensure that oil analysis techniques are consistent. The test standards that R&G Laboratories performs are based on ASTM standards. These standards are considered voluntary consensus standards. Each standard has specific requirements that help ensure the materials and methods being utilized follow standard quality protocols.
Furthermore, ASTM offers a proficiency testing program. This is a statistical quality program that enables laboratories to assess their performance in conducting test methods within their own laboratories when their data are compared against other laboratories from around the world.
Our quality program is based on the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 quality management system and the 10 CFR 50 Appendix B quality assurance program for the nuclear power industry. This quality program, along with our participation in the ASTM proficiency program and our utilization of ASTM methods, helps ensure our customers that the testing they are receiving is of the highest quality possible.