About Us

Who Is AOAC?

AOAC INTERNATIONAL is a globally recognized, 501(c)(3), independent, third party, not-for-profit association and voluntary consensus standards developing organization founded in 1884. When analytical needs arise within a community or industry, AOAC INTERNATIONAL is the forum for finding appropriate science-based solutions through the development of microbiological and chemical standards.  AOAC standards are used globally to promote trade and to facilitate public health and safety.

AOAC develops analytical methods for a broad spectrum of safety interests including;
  • foods and beverages
  • dietary supplements
  • infant formula
  • feeds
  • fertilizers
  • soil and water
  • veterinary drugs
  • pharmaceuticals
  • and more!
AOAC’s extensive membership, volunteer base and industry partners are made up of;
  • government agencies,
  • academia,
  • international organizations,
  • laboratories,
  • contract research organizations,
  • rapid assay developers,
  • high technology providers; and
  • instrument manufacturers.

What Do We Do?

AOAC’s primary activity is the development of globally accepted standards. AOAC’s standards development process relies on stakeholder panels to develop consensus-based method performance requirements and volunteer expert review panels to evaluate potential methods – all based on the community’s specific method needs.

AOAC’s independent third party status, vast experience, and volunteer leadership all contribute to the credibility, defensibility, and acceptability of standards and methods developed through our processes.

Programs and Services

  • Standards Development & Conformity Assessment 
  • Official MethodsSM and Performance Tested MethodsSM Programs
  • AOAC publishes a renowned peer-reviewed scientific journal; the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, as well as the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTERNATIONAL
  • Memberships are offered on an Individual and Corporate basis with over 3,000 members worldwide
  • Regional Sections, Analytical Communities, and Technical Divisions representing four continents and over ninety countries
  • AOAC Annual Meeting and Exposition & Mid-Year Meeting
  • Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program (Accredited by A2LA)

AOAC Mission & Vision

Setting Global Standards

To attain the vision of “worldwide confidence in analytical results,” AOAC serves it’s stakeholders by providing the tools and processes necessary to collaborate and through voluntary consensus building, develop fit‐for‐purpose methods and services for ensuring quality measurements.

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