Description: AOAC INTERNATIONAL formed the International Stakeholder Panel on Alternative Methods (ISPAM) to develop harmonized, internationally accepted standard validation guidelines for alternative (rapid) chemical and microbiological methods by leveraging global networks of experts to reach consensus on an analytical validation protocol. The goal is to achieve optimal efficiency and avoid duplication of efforts in order to meet regulatory and product safety testing requirements. ISPAM as a whole is made up of 60+ member stakeholders comprised of a vetted balanced group and representative stakeholders from industry, government, academia and international organizations, demonstrate stakeholder consensus to approve or not the recommendations of the working groups.
The global marketplace has put significant pressure on Method Developers to validate their new technologies via several different certification organizations, all of which have their own unique components to consider in a study design, there continues to be a wealth of support across the industry to harmonize across several reference methods, validation guidelines and procedures.
This session will present the evolution of Harmonized validation guidelines through the ISPAM initiatives, where we are currently aligned and where we need to go from here. Perspectives on what potential activities can be achieved through ISPAM collaborations through global interlaboratory studies and verifications for a more globally representative set of food commodities will also be discussed.
- Erin Crowley, Presenter Chief Scientific Officer, Q Laboratories
- DeAnn L. Benesh, Presenter Global Regulatory Affairs Manager, 3M Food Safety
- Stephanie Pollard, Moderator Clear Labs
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