AOAC INTERNATIONAL has completed a 5-year contract with the National Institutes of Health-Office of Dietary Supplements (NIH/ODS) to establish voluntary consensus standards for high-priority ingredients, as determined by key stakeholders, with the goal of obtaining First Action Official MethodsSM
. This contract has resulted in 25 standard method performance requirements (SMPRs) for dietary supplement ingredients.
The overall objectives of the contract were to provide NIH/ODS with “a stakeholder-informed master list of dietary supplement ingredients/finished products for which scientifically valid methods are lacking; to use a formal process to set stakeholder-informed priorities for the order in which method needs identified in the master list will be addressed; and to provide consensus driven expert guidance in selecting individual high-priority methods to become candidate methods for future validation studies.”
AOAC engaged the dietary supplements industry to develop voluntary consensus standards in an effort to standardize and modernize such methods. AOAC leveraged networks and dietary supplements stakeholders for industry outreach and engagement. AOAC ensured industry participation to help ensure that the work is relevant.