Jeffrey Harmening, Manager
API’s Motor Oil Matters (MOM) Program helps oil change locations meet new motor oil labeling guidelines. The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published guidelines that would require oil change locations to provide information consumers need to make informed decisions on motor oil. MOM can help oil change locations meet the new guidelines through API’s new standard, API 1525A, Bulk Engine Oil Chain of Custody and Quality Documentation, and the MOM licensing program for motor oil distributors and oil change locations. The new guidelines and API’s recently published standard simply provide what consumers should know: a bulk motor oil’s brand, viscosity, and performance level.
The Weights and Measures guidelines have been published in NIST Handbook 130, Uniform Laws and Regulations in the Areas of Legal Metrology and Engine Fuel Quality. The new provisions in the guidelines expand the scope of existing labeling requirements for packaged motor oils to include bulk motor oils installed from tanks, dispensers, or other receptacles (for example, IBCs, kegs or drums).
The new provisions are found on page 131 of the 2013 edition of Handbook 130 and are available for download at
. States are free to consider these guidelines, and according to Handbook 130, twenty five states; –AR, AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, IA, IL, KS, ME, MI, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NV, OK, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA and WV- may begin adopting the new recommendations in July. The specific Handbook 130 paragraphs and their application to motor oil containers, receptacles, dispensers, storage tanks, invoices and receipts are provided in the table below. Since many states consider Handbook 130 in setting labeling regulations, MOM recommends oil change locations and distributors check their local laws to recommended language.