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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.

 RI Announcements


  AOAC Research Institute is proud to announce the addition of a new Technical Consultant. As of December 2018, Mr. Patrick (Pat) Bird has accepted the position, bringing a wealth of knowledge and insight to our Method Developers.

Pat has been an active member of the food safety community for the last 15 years serving in numerous roles including manufacturing and laboratory management before starting his own consulting business in 2018. In Pat’s previous role as Supervisor of the Microbiology Research & Development Laboratory at Q Laboratories, he worked with a wide spectrum of diagnostic manufacturers and members of the food safety industry focusing on developing and validating rapid diagnostic methods for microbiology, allergens and mycotoxins. This work included independent laboratory evaluations for AOAC Official Methods of Analysis, AOAC Research Institute Performance Tested Methods Program, MicroVal and AFNOR NF Certification Programs. Pat has been an active member in AOAC International for 10 years, currently serving as an at-large member to the AOAC Research Institute Board of Directors and is serving his second term as the lead for the microbiology community for AOAC’s Technical Programing Council. Pat has authored and co-authored over 40 peer reviewed publications and has presented over 15 OMA validations to the Microbiology Expert Review Panel as part of the OMA First Action submission process. Through his work at Q Laboratories, he has been a part of a team that has won three awards for Multi-Laboratory Study of the Year, most recently in 2018. Pat is an active member of the US ISO/TC34/SC9 delegation and serves on two working groups: WG3 for Method Validation and WG19 Guidelines for conducting challenge studies. Pat holds a BS in Microbiology from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a MS in Food Safety from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

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