Organizational Affiliate Program
AOAC has been encouraging companies to join as a special class of member: the OA. For membership, organizations receive a valuable return on investment that includes the opportunity to meet with key players to help solve analytical problems faced by industry; attend Board of Directors and Official Methods Board meetings, where they can raise issues of interest; network with decision makers of other related companies; and make contact with key people in regulating agencies.
AOAC OAs are a cross-sector group representing food and beverage, dietary supplements, government agencies, and test kit manufacturers. AOAC established the OA program to promote the development of consensus standards for analytical communities. The program is designed for organizations seeking the highest level of engagement and involvement in AOAC INTERNATIONAL. With this program, information flows directly from the supporting organization to the highest levels of AOAC. OAs benefit from direct involvement in, and impact on, the strategic direction of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, through participation at invitation-only meetings and forums; increased opportunities for engagement with, and direct access to, AOAC leadership and senior staff; and much much more.
The OA program is indeed growing into a group that can help solve analytical problems in industry, regulation, and individual companies through cooperation across their specific fields. Cooperation will bring business to all involved while it helps solve the problem that inspired it. AOAC is acting to bring all the key groups to a table to get started on truly synergistic work. This is what AOAC does and does best--bringing together key stakeholders, such as industry, regulators, and decision makers, to discuss their issues and needs and to identify and prioritize industry problems.
For more information on becoming an OA, please contact Anita Mishra, Executive for Scientific Business Development at email@example.com or 301-924-7077 ext. 131.