The ASTM E3000 standard (Standard Guide for Measuring and Tracking Performance of Assessors on a Descriptive Sensory Panel) was published in 2018. The ASTM E3000 focused on measuring performance, but there was a need to work on a new guideline with more details on giving feedback to sensory assessors. This is the reason why the new ASTM E3313-23 is here.
The standard acknowledges that the skill of giving feedback to sensory assessors is typically acquired through practical experience. Thus, ASTM E3313 is a resource for panel leaders, offering insights and recommendations on various aspects of feedback delivery. It covers different types of feedback, suggests appropriate timing for providing feedback, emphasizes effective delivery methods, and emphasizes the alignment of feedback with performance expectations. The goal is to create a collaborative environment that fosters constructive feedback exchanges between assessors and panel leaders.