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With few exceptions, the lubricants business
is fundamentally self-monitored. In other
words, the quality of engine oils,
transmission fluids, gear oils, and most other
lubricants is not regulated by government
standards and authorities. Instead, it is
established and monitored by lubricant
manufacturers, marketers, and trade associations.
Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA)
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America
(PQIA) is an independent resource for
information and insights on the quality and
performance of lubricants in the marketplace.
The company's stated mission is to serve
the consumer of lubricants by reporting on
the quality and integrity of lubricants in
the marketplace. It does so by random
sampling and independent, third-party testing
of lubricants taken from the field. Test
results are posted along with the brand names
on the PQIA website. See link below.
In addition, the Petroleum Quality Institute
of America offers a Lubricant Certification
Program to safeguard the public's confidence
and trust in the lubricants they purchase.
What makes PQIA different?
According to PQIA, it serves the lubricant
consumer rather than oil company members or
sponsors, in addition PQIA...
- Conducts random lubricant sampling
- Has all samples analyzed by an
- All data from testing of branded
lubricants is made public
PQIA's guiding principle is honesty,
integrity, and transparency.
So what's Next?
Private Label. PQIA purchases random
samples of private label passenger car engine
oils (PCEO) in the North East market. The
samples will be tested, and the test results
reported (including brand names) on PQIA's
website in March 2010.
Testing of engine oils and other lubricants
from other regions of the United States will