About AOAC's Research Institute

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The AOAC Research Institute (RI) was incorporated in 1991 as a wholly owned subsidiary of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. The RI serves as an independent, third-party, nongovernment administrator of AOAC conformity assessment programs including the AOAC Performance Tested MethodsSM (PTM) and Official Methods of AnalysisSM (OMA) programs for alternative and sole source methods. Other complementary products and services include validation protocol development and RI Contributing Membership. Additionally, the RI supports AOAC standards development activities pertaining to alternative methods.


The OMA program is internationally known for its rigorous scientific and systematic scrutiny of methods and, because of the level of scrutiny, a high level of confidence, credibility, and defensibility is ascribed to resulting Official Methods of Analysis.  The PTM program offers certification as an endpoint for method evaluation or as an entry to method validation for programs requiring increased confidence and method reproducibility information.  The methods published in the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTERNATIONAL and the methods certified as Performance TestedSM are published with their manuscripts in the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL.
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