Check Sample Program

Click image to download the 2021 brochure.  Deadline to participate in Q1 is February 10, 2021

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

Information for Participants

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.

2021 Check Sample Program
The ASTA Check Sample Program is open to both ASTA members and non-members worldwide. Check Sample Instructions
Current participants can download instructions developed by ERA to help become more familiar with the new platform. ERA, ASTA’s partner for the Check Sample Program has moved the ASTA program to an upgraded platform that provides participants with a number of new features, including the ability to have multiple analysts in a single lab enter data.ERA Instructional Video
Watch the instructional video below to learn about the ERA user-friendly platform.

Analytical Methods Manual
As an ASTA program, the usage of ASTA methods is required. ASTA’s Analytical Methods Manual is available for purchase.

Participate in the Program

Proceed to Online Ordering – If you are a member, please login as a member to receive the member rate

Download 2021 Registration Brochure

Deadline to participate in Q1 is February 10, 2021

Contact the ASTA office at [email protected] for more information if you are interested in having your lab participate in the program, but still have questions.