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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 29, 2012)-This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Petroleum Additives Product Approval Code of Practice, an important milestone for the lubricant additives sector. For the past 20 years, the Code of Practice (COP) has helped raise the bar for testing and performance of engine lubricants. As ACC's Petroleum Additives Panel celebrates this achievement, its members extend their thanks to all companies that demonstrated compliance with the COP and practitioners of the COP for their contributions to this endeavor.

"The 20th anniversary of the ACC Code of Practice is a prime example of industry stewardship and responsibility. The lubricant additives sector has benefited immensely from the publication and application of this code. Its longevity shows how successfully the code has improved industry practices surrounding lubricant testing, development and performance," said Doug Anderson, Senior Director for  Chemical Products and Technologyat ACC.

The Petroleum Additives Panel established the  Product Approval Protocol Task Group (PAPTG)in 1990 to address issues related to engine lubricants development and testing and to help ensure that high quality engine oil products are available to the automotive industry. They worked to develop consistent and reproducible engine testing procedures, cost-effective testing and an approval protocol to improve the assessment of lubricant performance. The culmination of these efforts was the publication of the first edition of the COP on March 31, 1992.

The  latest version of the COPwas published in December 2010. It is a living document that is updated to reflect the evolution of lubricant additive needs of the automotive industry and has expanded to include a number of new and higher performance engine oil tests. For 20 years, the COP has helped professionals formulate the right lubricant for the job and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Compliance with the COP is voluntary and not restricted to ACC member companies. A list of companies that demonstrated compliance with the COP can be found on ACC's Website. The COP is also an integral part of API's Engine Oil Licensing Certification System (EOLCS).

Current Members of PAPTG:

Thank you to all of the code practitioners as they celebrate the Code of Practice's 20th anniversary.

Learn more about the COP at


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