17th International Scientific and Practical Conference | 20-21 October 2021 | St. Petersburg, Russia

Modern Trends in the Polar Lipid – Lecithin and Phospholipid – Industry


The 17th International Scientific and Practical Conference continues the cycle of conferences started in 1998 and devoted to the analysis and prospects of scientific and technical development of the production of polar lipids (phospholipids and glycolipids), a class of nutraceuticals and food additives.

Goals and objectives of the Conference:

•           engineering and technological aspects of natural phospholipids isolation and purification;

•           topical problems of lecithins (concentrated phosphatides) standardization and certification as food ingredients (food additives);

•           phospholipids as essential nutritional factors and their synergy with other nutrients.

•           new trends in the lecithin (phospholipid) world market;

Conference program:

Section 1.         •    Engineering and technological aspects of natural phospholipids extraction and purification, including the use of fluids of various chemical nature, including those in the supercritical state;

Section 2.         •    Lecithin quality; •    Technical regulation; •    Analytical methods.

Section 3.         •    Food phospholipidomics and functional products.

Section 4.         •    Phospholipid and concentrated phospholipid (lecithin) market and prospects of its development.

Conference organizers:

– Protein Plus Co. Ltd., St. Petersburg, Russia;

– International Lipid and Phospholipid Society (ILPS), Cologne, Germany;

– Union of Food Ingredients Producers Union (UFIPU), Moscow, Russia;

– ITMO National Research University, School of Biotechnologies and Low Potential Energetics, St. Petersburg, Russia;

– Sfera Publishing House Ltd.

Supported by:

– Kuban State Technological University (KSTU), Krasnodar, Russia;

– University at the EurAsEC Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, St. Petersburg, Russia;

– All–Russian Research Instiute of Fats. (ARRIF), St. Petersburg, Russia.

Official information partners:

– “Sverhkriticheskie Fluidy: Teoriya i Praktika” (Supercritical Fluids: Theory and Practice) Journal, Moscow, Russia;

– “Agrarnaya Nauka” (Agrarian Science) scientific-theoretical and production journal, Moscow, Russia журнал«Аграрная наука», (научно-теоретический и производственный журнал), Россия;

– “Biznes pishchevykh ingredientov” (Food Ingredients Business) Journal, Moscow, Russia.

Conference working languages: Russian, English

Conference Organizing Committee: Website: ilpc.ru

For the pdf document, please click here.

Contacts regarding this Conference: gmofree@lecithin.ru .

ILPS & ELMA: Harmonization of Lecithin Analytical Methods | Project #Pt01

Even though there are official methods for lecithin analyses, the laboratory results of the various laboratories are often quite different.
In order to harmonize the Lecithin Analytical Methods, this project was initiated.

Name of the project: 
ILPS & ELMA: Harmonization of Lecithin Analytical Methods
Round Robin test on Lecithins (ILPS-ELMA)

Status: ongoing (initiated in 2020).
Stage 2 to be initiated in August 2021.


Even though there are official methods for lecithin analyses, the laboratory results of the various laboratories are often quite different. In the past, each laboratory has adapted the degree of freedom within an official method to its own method. In addition, the technology does not stand still, and improved equipment is available for the various methods (for example, automatic titrations, a colour meter or a viscosity measurement, in addition to possible differences in chemicals used). 
These variables can all lead to a difference in analysis and analysis results that gives cause for discussion. That is why this harmonization is now being made. This project is also supported by ELMA (Home – Elma (elma-eu.org).

Note: Sampling has been kept outside the scope of this project.

In May 2020 a working group started on the harmonization of the “typical” lecithin analysis. 

Third party Commercial Laboratories that do regular lecithin analysis were contacted. Samples of liquid Soy lecithin, Sunflower lecithin and Rapeseed lecithin were sent. Together with a questionnaire for method-, reagent-, equipment and other details.

The analysed laboratory results, the questions and comments from the questionnaires have been categorized and shared anonymously with the laboratories as a starting point for the harmonization discussion.

As per June 2021, all lecithin analysis methods, as shown below (see Tab. 1) have been discussed and as far as possible harmonized.

Tab. 1: Standardized Methods for Lecithin Analysis in Stage 1

Acetone InsolubleF-I 5 Ja 4-46 
Toluene Insoluble *F-I 4b Ja 3-87  
Hexane Insoluble F-I 4b Ja 3-87  
Moisture KF F-I 4  Ja 2b-87 
Acid Value F-I 3  Ja 6-55  
Peroxide Value F-I 3b Ja 8-87  
Gardner Color C-IV 4a Ja 9-87 
Viscosity F-I 2 Ja 10-87 

     *Toluene insoluble see also ISO 28198

The harmonization comments and suggestions will be incorporated in the analysis methods that will be re-written as “ILPS Official Method”. Where applicable the current AOCS, DGF or ISO method is used as a basis for this. 

Ultimately, a new ‘harmonised’ ILPS Official method will be drawn up, that allows less individual interpretation/freedom per analysis and gives more guidance to the laboratory. 

Between April and May 2021, ILPS & ELMA members were invited to identify whether the intercompany laboratories are interested in participating in a second round to verify whether the harmonization has led to the desired result. 

Nearly 30 laboratories active in lecithin analysis have now registered. From in total 12 countries spreading from Europe to Asia and South America.

The laboratories will clearly be asked to perform the analysis according to the new -harmonized- ILPS method and report these results. It will be stated clearly that it is not the intention to use the current analysis method within the laboratory.

It is the aim to initiate Stage 2 and therefore send the sample and methods, during August 2021. 

ILPS Newsletter #21ext01 [2020: Q1 – Q4 and 2021: Q1, Q2]

ILPS Newsletter #21ext01 referring to 2020 and 2021 (Q1 and Q2).

This Newsletter (#21ext01) is external, only available in the ILPS Website.

Objectives:  (1)  The main objective with this ILPS Newsletter is to summarize all main ILPS activities and updates in 2020 and 2021 (Q1 & Q2).

Please check the following link to read the latest ILPS Newsletter #21ext01:

ILPS Newsletter #21ext01

If you have problems opening this pdf document, please do not hesitate to contact Rute Azevedo, the ILPS Executive Director (azevedo@ilps.org).

ILPS Board & Membership General Annual Meeting | 8 November 2019 | Cologne, Germany

ILPS Board & Membership General Annual Meeting 8 November 2019 in Cologne, Germany.

ILPS Board&Membership General Annual Meeting 2019 continues the cycle of annual Board&Membership Meetings.
It was held on November 8th, 2019 at Spectral Service AG and gathered all ILPS Members from all over the world to discuss several topics about Phospholipids and Lipids.

For more information please contact the ILPS Executive Director Rute Azevedo (azevedo@ilps.org).

16th International Scientific and Practical Conference | 22-23 May 2019 | St. Petersburg, Russia

Functional phospholipids in the food and pharmaceutical industries

Functional phospholipids in the food and pharmaceutical industries

The 16th International Scientific and Practical Conference will continue the cycle of conferences initiated 20 years ago and devoted to new research in the chemistry and technologies of production and application of this unique class of natural compounds.

During these years, the volume of domestic production of plant lecithin that meets the requirements of international standards has increased in Russia.

The use of this functional and technological additive in various sectors of the food industry, in the production of feeds and technical products, has increased approximately two times.

Phospholipids, as biological emulsifiers with antioxidant and synergistic functions, have become widely used in clinical practice as nutrients and biologically active dietary supplements.

The main goal of the organized conferences is to analyze the scientific and technical development in this area of lipidology, to determine the trends of scientific and technological advance.

Conference topics

  • colloid-chemical properties and technological functions of lecithins;
  • analytical chemistry of polar lipids and lecithins;
  • creation of functional and specialized purposes food and feed products;
  • plant polar lipids (chemical composition and biomedical properties).

Activities within the framework of the Conference:

  • an exhibition of products of companies producing phospholipid-based lecithins and nutraceuticals;
  • a competition of post-graduate and student’s works in the field of functional and food lipidomics.


  • International Lipids and Phospholipids Society (ILPS), Germany;
  • Protein Plus Co. Ltd. (St. Petersburg, Russia);
  • St. Petersburg National Research University (ITMO), School of Biotechnology and Cryogenic Systems (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Supported by:

  • Federal Research Center of Nutrition and Biotechnology (Moscow);
  • Russian Union of Food Ingredients Producers Union (UFIPU) (Moscow);
  • Kuban State Technological University (Krasnodar);


Conference working languages: Russian, English. The Conference Proceedings will be published as a special edition with an ISBN.

Conference website: ILPS.ru

Contacts: Vadim Mekhtiev +7 991 004 7878, +7 812 327-80-34, e-mail: VadimMekhtiev@lecithin.ru

ILPS Scientific Symposium | 26-27 November 2017 Cologne, Germany

The International Lecithin and Phospholipid Society (ILPS) organized a Scientific Symposium in the historic German city of Cologne. The number of participants (72) exceeded the target and the capacity.

The International Lecithin and Phospholipid Society (ILPS) organized a Scientific Symposium in the historic German city of Cologne. Highly qualified experts were present with their latest research topics divided in 3 sessions (2 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon). Each session had 3+ speakers, who are leading experts in their fields of phospholipid science. The program gave time for meeting experts and communication with colleagues.

The ILPS Scientific Symposium on Monday (27 Nov 2017) took place at the Spectral Service AG lab/company in the city of Cologne in Germany.

The number of participants (72) exceeded the target and the capacity.

Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen AWARD

In memory of Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen († 2015), our founder member and director, an exhaustless operator for the dissemination of knowledge and for networking people sharing his interests in the fields of lecithin, the ILPS created this award.

Willem was a good personal friend of many of the ILPS members.

We all will miss him.

Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen

This year Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen AWARD was given to

Prof. Dr. Mabel C. Tomás, Professor at La Plata National University and Research Scientist at CIDCA-CONICET, La Plata/Argentina.

Application of modified sunflower lecithin in delivery systems of chia functional compounds

You may download *) this lecture here.

Prof. Dr. Mabel C. Tomás


Dr. Seamus O’Mahony, Lecturer in Food Science, University College Cork, Cork/Ireland

Speaker 2
Dr. Michael Schneider, Lecithin Consultant, Lecithos, Jesteburg/Germany

Speaker 3
Dr. Fernando Romero, Science Manager Infant Nutrition, Hero Group, Murcia/Spain

Speaker 4
Adj. Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Gundermann, Consultant at Netzwerk Global Health, Cologne/Germany

Speaker 5
Frédéric Prothon, R&D Director, Swedish Oat Fiber AB, Bua/Sweden

Speaker 6
Dr. Dana Middendorf, Research Associate, German Institute of Food Technologies, Quakenbrück/Germany

Speaker 7
Ph.D. Essi Sarkkinen, Senior Expert, Oy Medfiles Ltd, Kuopio/Finland

Speaker 8
Dr. Konstantin Rizos, Technical Director, Genetic ID (Europe), Augsburg/Germany

Speaker 9
Jérôme Evrard, R&D Engineer, Lasenor, Barcelona/Spain

Speaker 10
Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen AWARD
Prof. Dr. Mabel C. Tomás, Professor at La Plata National University and Research Scientist at CIDCA-CONICET, La Plata/Argentina

*) if you are not an ILPS Member or did not attend the ILPS Scientific Symposium on 26-27 November 2017 in Cologne Germany, you will need a password and authorization in order to open the pdf-lectures. Please contact Rute Azevedo, ILPS Executive Director.

ILPS Annual General Meeting 2016


1. Welcome, Opening and Anti‐trust rules

2. Adoption of the Agenda

3. Approval minutes of Meeting 23 October 2015

4. President Report ‐ BD

‐ ILPS in USA, Last meeting Salt Lake City, next in Orlando May 2017

‐ Phospholipid Conference Krasnodar Conference 10‐15 Oct 2016

5. Secretary Report – RM

6. Treasurer Report – GR

7. Positions within ILPS

‐ Treasurer

‐ New Position of an ILPS Coordinator

8. Co‐operation with other associations

‐ ILPS subgroup of Euro Fed Lipids

9. Shipping of Milk and Marine lipids, problem with veterinary control from Non‐EU countries

10. Biannual Willem van Nieuwenhyzen Award

11. Analytical Projects 2017

‐ Nutritional values of Lecithin

‐ Other

12. ILPS Scientific Symposium 2017

13. Date of next meeting

14. A.O.B.

Phospholipid Conference in Krasnodar

The Phospholipid Conference in Krasnodar will be organized in cooperation between ILPS (International Lecicthin and Phospholipid Society) and Protein Plus from St. Petersburg at the Kuban State University of Krasnodar. The conference program covers many topics about alternative raw materials for phospholipid production, phospholipid processing, medical and nutritional application, analytical issues and a market survey.

In memoriam Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen

Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen

We are sorry to say that last week at the 8th of March our founder member and director Willem van Nieuwenhuyzen passed away from his cancer disease.

The funeral service took place among family and friends last weekend. According to his wife Jacobijn Willem has been busy until his last day with organizing his issues and they have been able to celebrate his 70th Birthday and their 45th Wedding anniversary.

We all lost a friend, a companion, a supervisor and an exhaustless operator for the dissemination of knowledge and for networking people sharing his interests in the fields of lecithin. He was a charismatic, pleasant and warmhearted person. We will miss him.