astm e1958 20   The ASTM E1958 has been recently revised. This standard deals with sensory Claim substantiation. A claim is a statement about a product that highlights its advantages, sensory or perceptual attributes, or product changes or differences compared to other products in order to enhance its marketability.

   This standard recently revised deals with selecting and recruiting representative consumer samples, selecting and preparing products, constructing product rating forms, test execution, and statistical handling of data. Check more info about this revision here.

astme3093 20ASTM E3093 - 20 is a standard guide for structured small group product evaluations (SPGE). It was first published last year and now it is undergoing some changes to further clarify some tables and sections.

   This guide covers those occasions in which a small group of individuals (generally between three and ten) with potentially different functional roles and degrees of training in sensory and product evaluation, evaluates a product or series of products for a specific objective, with a pre-identified decision to be made, but without the use of formal hypothesis testing or statistics.

  According to the ASTM E3093 - 20, the aim of this guide is to provide best practices to ensure that SGPE are conducted with sufficient rigor to enable the most appropriate decision or to yield the needed learning while considering the risk. Because the participants may be heterogeneous with respect to functional role, knowledge of the issue at hand, sensory sensitivity, and degree of sensory or product evaluation training, the likelihood of agreement on a path forward is not assured. Additionally, participants may have certain biases with respect to the issue to be decided, because of prior knowledge or their role within the organization.

   These potential derailers can be addressed through proper planning and execution of an SGPE. When SGPE are unstructured, unfocused and experimental error and biases uncontrolled, the outputs of SGPEs do not inform decisions or deliver the desired learning in a scientific manner. The goal of this document is to elevate the practice of small group product evaluations by outlining a structure, defining decision criteria in advance, and providing guidelines for implementation, drawing upon existing sensory theory and methods. Outputs from these SGPE are used to inform decisions and determine next steps including the risks involved with each of these.  

This revision is needed to help readers understand Table 4 better. Several minor wording have been changed in Sections 10.3, 10.4.1 and 10.5 for additional clarity. Footnotes to Table 4 have been added to make it clear to the reader how the numbers are calculated. The guideline have been edited to make it easier for the reader to know what the text is referring to in Case Study 3.

NTA9065 drafts   The Dutch standard NTA 9065 on Odour Measurement and Calculation was first published in 2012. Now 8 years later, a revision of this standard is ready for public comments until the 1st of June 2020.  The text provides requirements and instructions for the standard procedure for conducting odour testing in the Netherlands and it has been divided in 2 parts: NTA 9065 Part 1 dealing with planning, execution and reporting of odour investigations and NTA 9065 Part 2 dealing with sampling and analysis.

   The NTA 9065:2012 has had a short life. However, due to new European developments in the field of odour testing, and the reformulation of the requirements with regard to odour sampling and odour analysis for the purpose of accreditation, the Dutch Standardization body decided to start a procedure to revise it. After an intensive work of all committee members, the draft is ready for comments. These are some of the important points in the NTA 9065.

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