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.

  • Membership association with over 3,000 members worldwide
  • Maintains fourteen active international sections - representing four continents and over ninety countries
  • Publisher of internationally recognized Official Methods of AnalysisSM

When analytical needs arise within a community or industry, AOAC is the forum for finding appropriate science-based solutions (through the development of standards). AOAC’s extensive membership and volunteer base is made up of government agencies, academia, international organizations, contract research organizations, rapid assay developers, high technology providers and instrument manufacturers. AOAC industry partners represent a broad spectrum of interests including foods and beverages, dietary supplements, infant formula, feeds, fertilizers, soil and water, veterinary drugs and pharmaceuticals. 

    What Do We Do?

    AOAC offers many programs and services to our members and customers. 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
    • Regional Sections, Analytical Communities, and Technical Divisions 
    • AOAC Annual Meeting and Exposition & Mid-Year Meeting
    • Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program (Accredited by A2LA)
    • Memberships are offered on an Individual and Corporate basis
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    Board of Directors 2012-2013

    2012-2013 Board of Directors: Erik Konings, Jonathan DeVries, James Harnly, Stan Bacler, Mark Coleman, Darryl Sullivan, Xiumei Liu; (standing L to R) Norma Hill, Ronald Johnson, Douglas Hite, Clay Detlefsen, Robert Brackett, and David Acheson (not pictured: Arti Arora) 

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