EffecTech’s Stack Emissions Proficiency Testing Scheme has been described as “excellent all round” and has participants in the UK and Ireland as well as in the rest of Europe and Asia.

 2021 SEPTS scheme

  • Enrolment for the 2021 scheme is now closed. For information about the 2022 scheme, please contact us
  • Alternatively, you could participate in an on-demand proficiency testing scheme,  in which gas mixtures are provided for ‘blind’ measurement. On-demand schemes are available for sulphur, hydrocarbons and emissions testing.

For more information, please contact us

More information about SEPTS

   SEPTS frequency and benefits

The 2020 SEPTS report can be downloaded here:

SEPTS Final Report 2020

Mixture types Amount fraction range (%mol/mol)
oxygen in nitrogen 2 to 14
carbon dioxide in nitrogen 1 to 10


Mixture types Amount fraction range (μmol/mol)
sulphur dioxide in nitrogen 50 to 1000
propane in 10% oxygen / nitrogen 1 to 50
nitric oxide in nitrogen 5 to 500
carbon monoxide in nitrogen 50 to 1000
NO/NO2 in nitrogen Nitric oxide (NO) 40 to 400
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 50 to 500

Participants are required to report the composition and an estimate of the uncertainty of the gas where appropriate using the reporting template.


Evaluation will be using ISO 17043 approved methods including En ratio and Z scores.


As mandated by ISO 17043, all data including participants and performance will be kept strictly confidential. Only the submitting laboratory will receive feedback on their performance. Performance data will be reported to the whole group anonymously.