AOAC is pleased to announce the launching of three new SPADA Working Groups, each touching on important issues SPADA has faced in the past. These working groups are as follows:
In Silico Analysis Working Group
- With the advantages of in silico PCR analysis, the building of confidence in the results can be enhanced by establishing standards and recommendations for use as a complimentary tool to wet testing. The goal of the AOAC SPADA Working Group on in silico PCR Analysis is to draft standard procedures for the use of in silico PCR analysis so different analysts working across separate laboratories will achieve equivalent results, and thus build confidence in in silico PCR analysis result
- Bacteria Strain Verification Working Group
- As you are aware, it is not an uncommon occurrence for an assay developer or evaluator to discover that a bacterial culture is not what it is purported to be in terms of species or strain. There is no consensus on the process to authenticate bacterial strain. This group will work to develop guidelines for the characterization and authentication of bacterial strains.
- Soil Testing Working Group
Increased confidence and reliability in performance of assays that meet the operational needs when deployed in the field requires evaluating inhibition, interference, and cross-reactivity of an assay. With no consensus standards preparation and use of soil testing samples, the goal of the AOAC SPADA Working Group on Soil Testing Samples is to draft standard procedures for preparation and characterization of soils, and the use of soil samples to evaluate candidate biothreat detection assays.
These groups are charged with developing standards and/or guidelines pertaining to their respective subject areas. The working group Chairs will formally launch the groups at a SPADA meeting scheduled for October 16 – 17, 2018. Once launched, each group will meet in person and follow up by teleconference/webinar to complete their agreed objectives. Once complete, the Chairs will again present to SPADA, this time to ask for a vote to approve each standard/guideline.