The European Engine Lubricant Quality Management System (EELQMS) has been developed jointly by three main industry stakeholders: ACEA (The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association); ATC (The Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe); and ATIEL (The Technical Association of the European Lubricants Industry).

ACEA, ATC and ATIEL, together with the CEC (The Coordinating European Council for the Development of Performance Tests for Fuels, Lubricants and Other Fluids), which is responsible for developing test methods, share a mutual interest in the development of improved, fit-for-purpose engine lubricants that meet the increasing technical requirements of the automotive industry. The EELQMS arose out of this shared interest and was developed through close collaboration between these stakeholders.


ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, is an Economic Interest Grouping founded in 1991, that represents the interests of European car, truck and bus manufacturers. Its membership consists of the major international automobile companies, working together in an active association to ensure effective communication and negotiation with legislative, commercial, technical, consumer, environmental and other interests.
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ATC, the Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe, provides a forum for additive companies to meet and discuss developments of a technical and/or statutory nature concerning the application of additives in fuels, lubricants and other petroleum products. Its main activity is to ensure co-ordinated communication with related international and national technical groups and organisations. It participates in work of a technical nature in conjunction with associated industry or statutory organisations or groups.
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ATIEL is a representative body for manufacturers and marketers in the European lubricants industry and acts on behalf of its members as the main point of contact for external stakeholders. ATIEL, also in cooperation with other industry stakeholders, seeks to enhance the reputation of the lubricants industry by providing expert advice to regulators, industry partners and end‐consumers and promoting superior standards of technology and lubricants performance.
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CEC, the Coordinating European Council, is an industry organisation which develops and maintains test methods for the performance testing of automotive engine oil, fuels and transmission fluids (using gasoline & diesel engines) which form part of the EELQMS. The stakeholders in CEC are ACEA, ATIEL, ATC and CONCAWE, the European Refining Environment Health & Safety organisation.
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