Stakeholder Panel on Agent Detection Assays (SPADA)

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The Deputy Undersecretary of the Army-Test and Evaluation (DUSA-TE) works to support and improve the test and evaluation standards for DoD, CBRN defense systems.

To accomplish their goals, DUSA-TE has asked The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and AOAC INTERNATIONAL to develop Standard Method Performance RequirementsSM (SMPRs) for multiple threat agents.

An SMPR is a specification for minimum analytical performance characteristics such as limit of detection, false negative and positive rates, predictive values, etc. An SMPR also describes the target pathogen and specifies organisms for inclusivity and exclusivity testing. 

View previous SPADA SMPRs here

To ensure buy-in and acceptability of the SMPRs in an open and transparent consensus process, AOAC will perform the work through the Stakeholder Panel on Agent Detection Assays (SPADA), Chaired by Dr. Davenport, JHU/APL.

We are excited to engage with the SPADA community on this new initiative. For more information, please contact us at SPADA@aoac.org.

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