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Chocolate (QCS)

Who is this scheme designed for?

LGC AXIO Proficiency Testing operate a Quality in Chocolate Scheme (QCS). The scheme is intended for chemists and microbiologists working in the chocolate and cocoa powder manufacturing industries.

The industry challenges

Chocolate products are one of the specific food commodities whose composition is controlled at European level. Directive 2000/36/EC, ‘relating to cocoa and chocolate products intended for human consumption’, sets common rules and definitions with regard to the composition, manufacture, packaging and labelling of chocolate and cocoa products.

Consumption of contaminated chocolate is rare, yet there have been sporadic global outbreaks which have led to product recalls. The consequences can include damaged reputations, possible legal actions resulting in huge financial damage, and more.

AXIOs solution for our partners

LGC AXIO Proficiency Testing recognises the challenges to your industry. This is why we have developed the Chocolate Scheme (QCS). A comprehensive quality assurance programme which includes regular participation in a suitable proficiency testing scheme may help to safeguard against such negative outcomes.

LGC AXIO – Driving Quality Together.

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ISO/IEC 17043
ISO 9001

Scheme Information


Despatch Date

Reporting Deadline


18 January 2021

15 February 2021


17 May 2021

14 June 2021


06 September 2021

04 October 2021

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