On 10 and 11 February 2022, the IOC Executive Secretariat held a videoconference for 40 experts on the organoleptic assessment of virgin olive oils, the majority of whom were panel leaders from around the world.
Several topics of interest were discussed, including the latest and draft revisions of the organoleptic assessment method and related documents as well as ideas for new projects. A new eWG to study the Chemlali variety was created, and the progress of the studies on sensory analysis conducted by the eWGs was presented, on topics such as accreditation, taster training and coaching, reference materials, borderline samples, ring trials, the study of the ripe Picual variety and the organisation of inter-comparison tests for approval for the period 2022-2023.
The conclusions of the second workshop on harmonising IOC-recognised panels to minimise deviation between results were also presented. The workshop took place in September 2021 and, given its success, a third edition was planned for September 2022 by videoconference.