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Official MethodsSM Program


In spring 2011, the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Board of Directors approved a new path to Official First Action method status. This dynamic aligned approach incorporates AOAC standards development as an integral part of AOAC® Official MethodsSM output. In the new path, expert review panels (ERPs) adopt methods as Official First Action, and remain intact to monitor the methods during the 2 year period between First and Final Action consideration.

During this time, ERPs assess the performance of methods against the standards as adequate method reproducibility and other ERP - and stakeholder-based method criteria are demonstrated. ERPs must make a recommendation on method status to the Official Methods Board no later than 2 years after First Action status. The Official Methods Board will determine Final Action method status.

The AOAC® Official MethodsSM Program is designed to provide needed evaluated methods that can be used with confidence by regulated industry, regulatory agencies, contract research organizations and testing laboratories, and academic institutions. Official MethodsSM undergo rigorous scientific scrutiny and demonstrate the highest level of confidence in a method.

AOAC® Official MethodsSM are published in the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTERNATIONAL and supporting manuscripts are published in the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL.

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