AOAC INTERNATIONAL has signed a 5-year contract with the National Institutes of Health-Office of Dietary Supplements (NIH/ODS) to establish voluntary consensus standards for high-priority ingredients, with the goal of obtaining First Action Official MethodsSM
. This contract is expected to result in 25 standard method performance requirements (SMPRs) for priority dietary supplement ingredients.
The overall objectives of the contract are to provide NIH/ODS with “a stakeholder-informed master list of dietary supplement ingredients/finished products for which scientifically valid methods are lacking; to use a formal process to set stakeholder-informed priorities for the order in which method needs identified in the master list will be addressed; and to provide consensus driven expert guidance in selecting individual high-priority methods to become candidate methods for future validation studies.”
AOAC will engage the dietary supplements industry to develop voluntary consensus standards in an effort to standardize and modernize methods. AOAC will leverage networks and dietary supplements stakeholders for industry outreach and engagement. AOAC encourages industry to participate to help drive and move the effort forward to ensure that the work is relevant.
The project is well underway, but AOAC is always looking for volunteers to lend their skills, knowledge and perspectives to Working Groups, Stakeholder Meetings and Expert Review Panels.
Contact Christopher Dent
or Dawn Frazier
to get involved.