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FOCUS ON ETHICS Please Don't Turn Me into Captain Renault! Luc Girard A few columns ago, I asked you to attend the panel presentation on obsolete engine oils that was being held at ILMA's Annual Meeting last October in Boca Raton, Florida. For those of you who couldn't attend, let's backtrack to that panel session for a moment, or at least my part in it. First, I provided a summary of the testing that ILMA does as part of its quality testing initiative overseen by the Association's Ethics Committee. As initially developed by an all-industry task force, the Ethics program principally samples - on a random basis - members' passenger car engine oils (PCEOs) and tractor hydraulic fluids (THFs). Every year, the Member Affirmation form you submit as part of your company's ILMA membership renewal is reviewed to determine those members who manufacture and/or market PCEOs and THFs. From the listings compiled by ILMA staff from the affirmation forms, I then generate a random list of 20 companies that each market PCEOs and THFs. These two random "long lists" are then submitted to a third-party collection agency that, along with subcontractors, is asked to collect at least 10 samples from each of these two long lists. The collected samples are then blind coded and sent to the third-party testing laboratory. This second organization then performs a set of tests intended to determine if the products sampled do (or don't) align to their performance claims. Prior to the panel session last October, I reviewed this situation with the ILMA Board, and the Ethics Committee and I were authorized to modify the program by sampling members' APIlicensed PCEOs, as well as unlicensed products. We also were authorized to modify the affirmation forms to ask members directly for information on where to find their products, whether it was at a retail counter they operate themselves or at bulk sites, or online through a website. This development was revealed at the panel session in Boca Raton. Recently, I did a little audit of the affirmation forms submitted by members for 2016. Unfortunately, one-third of those forms (both the PCEO and THF lists) gave me no information on where to find samples, even though they all claimed to market at least one brand of PCEO (or THF). The success of ILMA's quality testing initiative each year is limited by the extent to which the collection agent (and its subcontractors) can find members' products on the two long lists. For some years, there was an additional hurdle put on the PCEO collectors: They could only collect samples of members' PCEOs that are not licensed with API. This constraint has made it difficult most years to get at least 10 (or more) samples of PCEOs from the long list. Compoundings August 2016 * 29 * Vol. 66 No. 8

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings August 2016

FROM THE CEO
FROM THE PRESIDENT
BOARD BRIEF
NOTES FROM NLGI
THE HEART OF ILMA
In Memoriam Mike Ryterski (1920–2016)
Radco Industries Promotes Brian Finch
Manufacturing Day is Coming! October 7, 2016
THE EVOLUTION OF GROUP II
VOICES & VIEWS
INTERNATIONAL INSIGHT
FOCUS ON ETHICS
FAMILY BUSINESS
RULES & REGS
POWER PLAY
LEGAL EASE Preparing for Brexit
THE WHITE PAPER

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