Step 4: AOAC Performance TestedSM Certification
If the experts concur on their recommendation to approve, then the Research Institute grants AOAC Performance TestedSM
certification for that method. Certification involves signing a Certification Mark License Agreement. Organizations signing this agreement are licensed to use the AOAC Performance TestedSM
certification mark that includes the specific certificate number for the method being certified. In addition to the Certification Mark License Agreement and the certification mark, organizations also receive a certificate with the method specific certification number, website draft of the method certification listing and a copy of information regarding publishing the validation manuscript and method information in the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL
and in the AOAC INTERNATIONAL’s Inside Laboratory Management.
All certifications are good for through December 31st
of each year.
Step 5: Annual Review and Certification Renewal
Certifications are annually reviewed and renewed on a calendar year cycle from January 1st through December 31st. Method developers apply for recertification and attest that no changes have been made since the last certification or original validation. Method developers submit the following documents:
- Package insert or user instructions
- Product labels
- Signed Certification Mark License Agreement (if necessary)
- Any new performance data to support claims such as lot-to-lot and/or stability data
Documentation is reviewed and if no changes, a new certificate is granted for the next calendar year.