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AOAC TRAINING COURSES

AOAC is offering three training courses during the 2019 Annual Meeting:

  • September 7:  AOAC/A2LA ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Bridging the Gap from 2005 (MS 110)
  • September 7-8:  Guidance On Obtaining Defensible Test Portions: Subsampling for Analytical Laboratories
  • September 12:  AOAC Laboratory Validation Course

Please note that two courses are running concurrently on September 7. You cannot register for both.

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AOAC/A2LA ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Bridging the Gap from 2005 (MS 110)

September 7, 2019    •     9 am to 5 pm    •     Fee: US $650, includes print copy ALACC Guidelines

This course is a one-day overview of the changes made to ISO/IEC 17025 in its latest revision.  The participant will learn the significant and subtle changes to existing ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory systems, as well as the necessary steps to ensure conformity to the new Standard.  The course materials will be presented in an interactive lecture style (70%), and application exercises (30%). Attendees are provided a watermarked copy of 17025:2017 for training use only - not considered legal copy for ownership purposes.

Course Content

  • Course Introduction
  • New and revised Quality Management Requirements
  • New and revised Technical Requirements
  • Identifying adjustments to your existing ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Quality Documentation

Prerequisites

Attendees should have at least three to four years' experience with ISO/IEC 17025:2005. This course is intended for laboratory management and quality personnel whose organizations currently hold an accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the process-based approach of the Standard.
  2. Explain new concepts in 17025:2017 such as:
    • Continual Improvement (using PDCA and KPIs);
    • Verification and Validation;
    • Decision Rules;
    • Principles of Impartiality; and
    • Risk Based Thinking
  3. Analyze scenarios to identify non-conformities, risks, and opportunities related to the new requirements in the standard
  4. List the areas where Documents and Records are required under the new Standard.


CEUs Awarded: 0.7*

*American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

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Guidance On Obtaining Defensible Test Portions: Subsampling for Analytical Laboratories

September 7-8, 2019    •   9 am to 5 pm   •  Fee: US $1,195 (2-day course)

Course Overview

The means by which chemists and microbiologists apportion laboratory samples prior to testing can drastically affect the reliability of the results. For example, some may open a sample container and just scoop or pour a small portion of material off the top whereas others may try to obtain material from different parts of the sample for laboratory analysis. Others still may stir the sample first or employ some type of coning and quartering. Such practices may not adequately represent the material and thus introduce both random and systematic errors into the measurement process. In this course, participants will learn how to properly take a representative subsample for laboratory analysis. In addition, the crucial connection between primary sampling and laboratory subsampling will be investigated to bring efficiency and defensibility to the entire sampling and analytical process.

This course incorporates concepts from the documents Guidance On Obtaining Defensible Samples and Guidance On Obtaining Defensible Test Portions. The attendees will have an opportunity to ask technical questions about the material presented and specific questions about subsampling situations they have encountered.

Learning Objectives

  • Sample Quality Criteria and its importance in subsampling
  • The Decision Unit and why it is critical for subsampling
  • Where subsampling errors originate and how to mitigate them
  • Why certain subsampling tools may bias samples
  • How to choose and correctly use subsampling tools and equipment
  • How to design cost effective subsampling protocols to achieve project goals
  • Why replicate samples yield different analytical results
  • How to properly split a sample
  • Why “outliers” should not always be discarded
  • How to measure subsampling error
  • How to perform proper subsampling quality control
  • How to increase confidence in analytical results through error reduction
  • Data evaluation and decision making issues resulting from poor subsampling

Requirements

Read both GOODSamples and GOOD Test Portions prior to the course.
Available free at: https://www.aafco.org/Publications

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AOAC Laboratory Validation Course

September 12, 2019    •    9 am to 2 pm   •    Fee: US $500

This is a review of the technical validation requirements and processes of the Performance Tested Methods℠ and Official Methods of Analysis programs. The course will include breakout sessions covering the technical requirements for microbiology methods and for chemistry methods.

Course Contents

  • Overview of the Performance Tested Methods℠ and Official Methods of Analysis programs
  • Technical requirements and instructions for inclusivity/exclusivity (microbiology), calibration/selectivity (chemistry), matrix studies, robustness, and product consistency and stability for test kit evaluations
  • Harmonization with AFNOR, MicroVal, NMKL, and between PTM and OMA
  • Modules for:
    • Method developers
    • Independent laboratories
    • Expert reviewers

Target Attendees

  • Method developers
  • Independent laboratories
  • Candidates for AOAC Expert Reviewers

Learning Outcomes

Method developers:
  • Better understanding of AOAC processes
  • Improved study designs meeting AOAC and AOACRI requirements
  • More concise data collection
  • Quicker reviews and therefore faster PTM and OMA approvals
Independent laboratories:
  • Improved chances for selection as independent laboratories
  • Better understanding of technical requirements and processes for performing studies
  • More concise data collection
Candidates for AOAC Expert Reviewers:
  • Better understanding of AOAC processes
  • Improved chances for selection as an Expert Reviewer

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Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel, submit your request by email to AOAC INTERNATIONAL Customer Service or via fax to +1 (301) 924-7087, no later than September 3, 2019. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after this date. AOAC reserves the right to cancel a course prior to the start date or delay the start date due to low enrollment, instructor availability or other uncontrollable circumstances.

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