The AOAC Analytical Solutions Forum serves as an “idea incubator.” It is a science-based, open meeting where global stakeholders from government, industry and academia can convene to share emerging issues that are impacting food safety, food defense and food security; and, to examine the role (and need) for analytical standards and methods.

Whereas last year’s meeting featured speakers from US regulatory officials, the focus for the forum at the 2020 Midyear Meeting will highlight emerging food safety concerns among countries along the Pacific Rim, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe; and, to explore opportunities to support capacity building programs to address these concerns.

The ASF forum will also feature an Emerging Topics and Technologies Session. This session is designed to introduce to our stakeholders, those food safety concerns of high importance and impact on global public health and trade. It also represents an excellent opportunity for substantial international engagement and for future international collaboration. See the full Midyear Meeting Schedule at a Glance >

Morning session

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Palmer Orlandi
AOAC Chief Science Officer and Deputy Executive Director

Updates on AOAC INTERNATIONAL’s Core Science Programs

Deborah McKenzie, Sr. Director, Standards
Scott Coates, Sr. Director, AOAC Research Institute
Arlene Fox, Sr. Director, AOAC Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program

Plenary Presentations

Perspectives from the Pacific Rim

Megan Crowe
International trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Perspectives from Europe

Paul A. Mennecier, (invited)
Director & Chair, ISO/TC 34

Perspectives from Africa

Dr Hermogene Nsengimana
Secretary General, African Organization for Standardization (ARSO)
With an Introduction by Owen Fraser, President, AOAC Sub-Saharan Africa Section

Afternoon session

Emerging Topics and Technologies


Katerina Mastovska
Eurofins-Food Integrity and Innovation

Graham Yearwood
R&D Director, Eurofins Abraxis


Kai Zhang
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Yuan (Susie) Dai
University of Iowa|
Co-chair, AOAC Mycotoxins Community

Natural Food Colors

Bhakti Petigara
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Mark Goldschmidt
Sensient Technologies

Future Analytical Challenges for Cannabis and Hemp

Holly Johnson
Chief Science Officer
American Herbal Products Association

Julia Bramante (Invited)
Lead Scientist, Marijuana Reference Laboratory, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment