STAKEHOLDER PANEL ON STRATEGIC FOOD ANALYTICAL METHODS (SPSFAM)
The Stakeholder Panel on Strategic Food Analytical Methods (SPSFAM) builds consensus on methodology impacting the community and address issues or topics of interest to the stakeholders related to food, or strategic growth of the food industry. SPSFAM represents AOAC International’s (AOAC) Organizational Affiliates (OAs), some of whom are the world’s largest food companies. The stakeholder panel, as well as the advisory panel, is chaired by Lou Anne Blanchard of Kraft Foods and Arti Arora of The Coca-Cola Company. Key to this initiative is cooperation among various standards-setting organizations and regulatory agencies, so that AOAC members and customers can comply with multiple organizations’ requirements, which would add value for OAs.
As part of AOAC’s consensus-building process, working groups will develop standard method performance requirements, against which methods can be evaluated. It is expected that good methods resulting from the stakeholder panel and its working groups will undergo AOAC’s alternative path to achieving Official First Action status, in which an expert review panel can approve methods if enough acceptable data is available.
Call for Dietary Supplement Companies. AOAC is in need of Dietary Supplement companies to participate in the vitamins discussions.
Multinational food companies are needed to participation the SPSFAM. AOAC relies on the experience and direction of these companies to weigh in on each of the working groups.