17 Jul 2024
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VLS clears product under investigation

The Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS) has given a clean bill of health to a Mannol engine oil, following an investigation.

VLS received a complaint regarding Mannol Longlife 5w30 504/507 Engine Oil in September 2020, alleging that no current additive pack existed in the marketplace that could meet all of the OEM claims made on the product.

During the investigation, VLS determined that the product did receive an official approval from VW on 8 June 2019 against its standard 504 00/507 00. In line with the VLS marketing claims procedure, VLS asked the Named Party to provide the Candidate Data Pack and a letter of support from their additive company supporting all of the marketing claims made on the product, including VW 505 01 and the other manufacturer claims, which fell short of formal OEM approvals.

The Named Party provided a re-blend approval to the formulation from their technology provider along with a copy of the Candidate Data Pack. VLS then worked with the Named Party to rationalise the number of claims made on the technical data sheet to reflect the official Volkswagen approval obtained, the marketing claims supported by the technology re-blend approval and the Candidate Data Pack validating the ACEA claims made.
VLS undertook a six-month review of the case and concluded that the product was in continued compliance at this stage. Consequently, the complaint has been met and the case resolved.

David Wright, Company Secretary at VLS said: “In this case, we have demonstrated that VLS will investigate products that are not in compliance and work with the Named Party to ensure that valid changes are made. By working with the sector in this way, we can resolve non-compliant products in an independent and impartial manner and support companies to compete on a more equitable basis in a highly competitive marketplace.”

For more details on this case and other cases visit www.ukla-vls.org.uk