VLS Bulletin – January 2019 – VLS010157

VLS 010157 – Aztec Oils, Agri Plant MS Ultra 15W/40 heavy duty diesel engine oil

On 16th May 2018 the case was reported to VLS.

The case concerned the use of ACEA 2008 engine oil sequences and the application of year date markers on the product data sheet, the website and the product label claiming E9-08. The Technical Review Panel (TRP) upheld this complaint as the ACEA European engine oil sequences permit claims made against the 2008 sequences until 22nd December 2012 only, and the use of “ACEA years” in marketing material is intended for trade use only and not allowed in relation to the General Public.

The Named Party immediately took actions to make the appropriate alterations to correct the error and ensure it was not repeated in any other product information. The Technical Review Panel reviewed their actions and was content that these brought the product back into compliance.

On the 29th January 2019 VLS undertook a six month review of the case which indicated that compliance has been maintained for the product as the year date marker was not included in the product’s Technical Data Sheet, product label or in the website description and associated marketing material.

Consequently VLS is satisfied that the complaint has been fully met and the case is resolved.

David Wright, Company Secretary – VLS (UK) Ltd says “We want to ensure we have the highest standards in Europe for lubricant manufacture, blending and marketing, and we want a ‘level playing field’ for all participants, so that we protect the interests of the consumer and other end users.

In the Verification of Lubricant Specifications (UK) Ltd, we have set our course for stronger industry self-regulation by working positively towards more open and transparent competition that benefits all lubricant organisations. By working with the sector to resolve non compliant products in an independent and impartial manner, we can support companies to compete on a more equitable basis in a highly competitive

January 2019

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