Technical Division on Laboratory Management
The mission of AOAC INTERNATIONAL is "To promote quality measurements
and method validation in the analytical sciences." The focus has
increased on the total environment of an analytical laboratory that
impacts the quality of analytical measurements produced by that
laboratory. The Technical Division for Laboratory Management provides
a forum for networking, information sharing and problem solving
on issues of mutual interest for managing an efficient, cost-effective,
quality laboratory. This forum offers opportunities for leadership
and mentoring and, conversely, opportunities for learning and professional
enhancement. The Technical Division for Laboratory Management fosters
harmonization of those appropriate laboratory systems, which will
improve understanding, and transfer of information, data, and procedures.
Analytical Laboratory Accreditation Criteria
ALACC, the Analytical Laboratory Accreditation Criteria Committee, is part of TDLM. ALACC created the Chemistry Subcommittee and Microbiology Subcommittee in 1998. The Pharmaceutical Subcommittee was added in 1999. Membership in TDLM is required for membership on the ALACC subcommittees. ALACC criteria were developed by the subcommittees of ALACC and approved by the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Board of Directors. The "AOAC INTERNATIONAL Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Microbiological and Chemical Analyses of Food and Pharmaceuticals, An Aid to Interpretation of ISO/IEC 17025:2005" provides detailed criteria to aid in assessing the essential requirements for performing these types of analyses. This document closely follows ISO/IEC 17025 and provides a section-by-section interpretation of the general ISO/IEC 17025 requirements.
The Technical Division for Laboratory Management plans and conducts
educational and informational activities on laboratory management
topics as stand-alone topical conferences, meeting add-ons and tutorials
on the web site (www.aoac.org).
Annual Meetings of the Technical Division membership are held during
the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Annual Meeting & Exposition. The Technical
Division for Laboratory Management Executive Committee meets more
All interested parties are invited to join AOAC INTERNATIONAL Technical
Division for Laboratory Management. Membership in Technical Division
will provide an opportunity to work with other members, attend the
annual meeting of the Technical Division, and encourage and support
programs that will contribute to the improvement of quality in laboratories.
The annual membership fee is US $20.00 payable in conjunction with
AOAC membership. To apply for membership, complete the application
with payment information.