The Emerald Test® takes place in the Spring and Fall of each year, with enrollment open for a set period of time. The components of each test are determined by the Emerald Test Advisory Panel. Test Samples are manufactured by an ISO 17043 accredited PT provider and require overnight shipping. After receiving and testing the sample, labs have a window in which to complete the test and submit their results through an electronic data portal. Data analysis provided by AOCS using software designed to meet requirements of ISO 13528:2015.
Labs will receive their individual results, and once analysis is complete, will receive the overall test results, so as to see how they performed in relation to their peers. Individual lab data is held in strict confidentiality, however cumulative (anonymous) data of all participants will be used for a variety of analyses, and may be published in appropriate journals and/or websites. Labs that perform within a specific tolerance will be awarded an Emerald Test Badge, and all participants will be listed on the Emerald Test website.