2020 AOAC INTERNATIONAL Midyear Meeting
March 9-13, 2020
Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center

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, and 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 >


David Schmidt, AOAC Executive Director

Introductory Remarks

Palmer Orlandi, AOAC Chief Science Officer and Deputy Executive Director

Perspectives from the Analytical Solutions Forum Steering Committee

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

Lunch Break

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, Lead Scientist, Marijuana Reference Laboratory, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Closing Remarks