AOAC INTERNATIONAL’s global science and professional support programs support analytical excellence by developing and validating standards and methods, certifying technical performance and proficiency, and providing training and capacity-building programs. Together, they create the environment essential for global confidence in the food supply.

Core Programs

AOAC’s core programs represent departments that serve as the foundation for all science activities and services provided by AOAC. These include the Standards and Official Methods Program (OMA), the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC RI) and Performance Tested Methods Program, and the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program (LPTP). Each is either nationally accredited or bears a registered service mark. Though each has distinct responsibilities and provides a unique service in support of AOAC’s mission, all three work in concert to reflect a harmonized quality system through analytical excellence.

Official Methods of Analysis Program

The Official Methods of AnalysisSM (OMA) program is AOAC’s premier program for developing food testing analytical science methods that are recognized and legally defensible worldwide.

AOAC Research Institute

The AOAC Research Institute (AOAC RI) is a division of AOAC that develops, improves, and validates proprietary kit-based food safety testing methods. Includes the Performance Tested MethodsSM Program and Reviewed and RecognizedSM Program.

Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program

AOAC’s Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program (LPTP) helps labs compete in the global marketplace by demonstrating that through participation they meet the highest international standards for accuracy, reliability, and compliance.

Integrated Programs and Projects

AOAC’s integrated science programs and projects are provisional activities formed under a specified thematic scope to achieve deliverables that incorporate services and expertise from each core program. The degree of program integration will vary based on the scope and need defined for the program or project. 

Cannabis Analytical Science Program

AOAC’s Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP) is a forum where the science of hemp and cannabis analysis are discussed and cannabis standards and methods are developed.

Food Authenticity Methods Program

AOAC’s Food Authenticity Methods (FAM) program focuses on identifying analytical tools to better characterize the intentional and economically motivated adulteration of foods.

Analytical Solutions Forum

AOAC’s Analytical Solutions Forum (ASF) brings global stakeholders together to identify emerging needs and technologies in scientific analysis of food and related products.

Stakeholder Program on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals

AOAC’s Stakeholder Program on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals (SPIFAN) develops consensus-based standards and methods to make infant formula and adult nutritionals safer for babies and adults to consume.

Stakeholder Program on Agent Detection Assays

AOAC’s Stakeholder Program on Agent Detection Assays (SPADA) brings together expert stakeholders from the biothreat community to foster a comprehensive and uniform approach to scientific analysis and detection of biothreat agents.

Analytical International Methods & Standards Program

AOAC’s Analytical International Methods & Standards (AIMS) program focuses on capability gaps in laboratory testing, emerging microbial threats to food safety, and developing standards for using cutting-edge technologies.

Gluten & Food Allergens Program

AOAC’s Gluten & Food Allergens (GFA) program focuses on coordinating all future consensus-driven need for development, validation, and implementation of methods for the analysis of a wide range of food-associated allergens and gluten.

Training & Education Program

AOAC regularly offers scientific, regulatory, and professional development training courses in person at the Annual Meeting and Midyear Meeting and as online courses and webinars.


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