The purpose of the ASTA Check Sample Program is to strengthen laboratory credibility and promote high levels of accuracy within and among laboratories using standard analytical test methods for spices.
The American Spice Trade Association provides to its members and to other interested parties a cost effective means for the comparison and evaluation of their laboratory capabilities with regard to both precision and accuracy.
ASTA Program Description
The ASTA Check Sample Program is designed to evaluate spice laboratories for a common range of analyses and spices that are significant to the spice trade. The program allows individual laboratories to evaluate their performance and set goals for improvement and consistency in analyses.
ASTA check samples are prepared from materials donated by member companies. In order to ensure homogeneity of the samples, all samples are prepared from a single batch for each round of testing.
The ASTA program is administered on a quarterly basis with each laboratory receiving samples, instructions, and data reporting instructions with each shipment. All of the studies are open for 30 days. Participants are encouraged to enter their data via a secure on-line data entry website. Online data entry is confirmed through automated emails or laboratories can print confirmations directly from the web site.
The ASTA Check Sample Program is open to both ASTA members and non-members worldwide. As an ASTA program, the usage of ASTA methods is required. ASTA’s Analytical Methods Manual is available for purchase here.
Registration for the 2017 Check Sample Porgram is now open. The program runs on a calendar year. Registration to participate in the full year must be received by December 31, 2016. After that date, you can only register for Q2, Q3, and Q4. For questions about the program, please contact Meegan Kavanaugh at (202) 331-2460.