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Beverage Proficiency Testing Schemes


The beverage proficiency testing schemes available from LGC Standards cover routine and advanced analyses performed by many laboratories in the alcoholic and non-alcoholic sectors. Ensuring the highest quality and consistency for global brands ultimately depends upon the quality of the laboratory results as the basis for key decisions about product quality and safety.

Our comprehensive range of schemes for the beverage industry covers all aspects of production, from raw materials to finished products. Participating in our global proficiency testing schemes provides a truly independent assessment of measurement quality, giving you confidence in the analysis, the decisions based on that analysis and ultimately the quality of product.


Alcoholic drinks scheme (DAPS)

  • UKAS accredited proficiency testing scheme
  • Comprehensive range of analysis for alcoholic beverages (except beer) include fermented & simulated worts, distilled spirits, Scotch whisky, esters, cider, wines & fortified wines
  • Other alcoholic beverages include: liqueur, cream liqueurs and prepared simulants


Soft drinks/Juices (QBS)

  • UKAS accredited proficiency testing scheme
  • Real fruit juices, soft and carbonated drinks, and other beverages
  • Lyophilised test materials for microbiological analysis
  • Microbiology PT in beer is available in our BAPS scheme Sample 4


Brewing analytes scheme (BAPS)

  • UKAS accredited proficiency testing scheme
  • Jointly managed by LGC Standards and Brewing Research International (Campden BRI)
  • Chemical analysis for beers
  • Microbiological analysis of organisms typically encountered in the brewing industry
  • Sensory analysis of aroma and taste characteristics


Malt analytes scheme (MAPS)

  • UKAS accredited proficiency testing scheme
  • Barley, malt, malt flour and crystal/black malt matrices
  • Test materials are analysed for a wide range of EBC (European Brewing Convention) and IBD (Institute of Brewing and Distilling) methods
  • Colour, moisture, mycotoxin, NDMA analysis and more


Sugar scheme (SUPS)

  • UKAS accredited proficiency testing scheme
  • Supported by ICUMSA (International Commission for Uniform Methods of Sugar Analysis)
  • Cane or beet sugar, molasses, raw sugar
  • Chemical and microbiological analysis