VLS Bulletin – October 2019 – VLS010156

VLS 010156 – GSF Car Parts Ltd, Vetech 5W/30 ESL PRO Universal Performance Multi-Fleet Extended Service Oil

On 2nd May 2018 the case was reported to VLS.

The complaint alleged an inconsistency in the Technical Data Sheet, that the formulation was suitable for applications requiring VW 504/507, VW 502/505, MB 229.51, WSS-M2C913-A,B,C and Dexos 2 and that there were no formulations capable of achieving all of these specifications.

VLS reviewed and upheld the complaint that the Technical Data Sheet (TDS) for the product recommends its use against a number of specifications including VM 504/507, VW 502/505, BMW Longlife-04, MB229.51, GM Dexos 2 and Ford WSS-M2C-913C which included some recommendations that were mutually exclusive and the typical properties shown on the TDS would not meet all of these specifications. VLS asked that the Named Party re-evaluate the scope of these claims and confirmed the typical properties, that if they believed that the product was suitable for all these applications then VLS asked on what basis this technical assessment was made and asked that this be corroborated by their additive supplier or technology partner.

In response to the complaint the Named Party provided evidence from their technology provider that the product was suitable for use in VW 504.00/507.00, VW 502.00/505.00, BMW LL-04, GM Dexos 2, MB 229.51 and Ford 913 A/B/C applications. It was also confirmed that the product’s technology was approved/licensed by API for SN plus, and met SN applications. Additionally claims against the ACEA automotive engine oil sequences were being made and VLS asked that the Named Party sign a Lubricant Marketer’s Letter of Conformance with the European Technical Association ATIEL in order to continue make these claims, and for these claims to be valid.

On the 20th September 2019 VLS undertook a six month review of the case and found that the amended data sheets and labels that were created as a result of the initial investigation were still in place. VLS also received notification from SAIL that an ATIEL Lubricant Marketer’s Letter of Conformance had been signed and submitted by the Named Party.

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 marketplace.”

October 2019

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