AOAC regularly offers professional development training courses and webinars online, at the Annual Meeting and at the Midyear Meeting. AOAC is developing new courses on an ongoing basis so please check back here often.

Women in Science

Live webcast — May 6, 2021 from 11:00 to 12:30am EST USD $99.00
20 percent discount for AOAC INTERNATIONAL Individual Members
Registration opening soon

As our industry grows and evolves, so does our responsibility to cultivate a culture in which women in the science of food safety and public health increase their impact as they advance professionally. In this 90-minute webinar we will discuss the challenges women in science face in their careers and how we can all inspire, empower, support, and mentor women within our organizations.

Setting up a Cannabis Lab


Starting a cannabis testing laboratory is a complex endeavor with many aspects to consider. In this free 90-minute webinar, subject matter experts share their insights on setting realistic timelines, building a technical development plan, and navigating laboratory accreditation.

Heavy Metals in Cannabis


In this free 90-minute webinar, subject matter experts share insights into regulating heavy metals in cannabis, heavy metal analysis, validation of various metals by microwave digestion and ICP-MS Analysis, and perspectives on adding heavy metals to a compliance testing lab.

Microbial Contaminants in Cannabis


In this free 90-minute webinar, subject matter experts share insights into which technologies are suitable for what a lab is trying to accomplish, challenges faced in the cannabis micro lab, expanding into the world of cannabis testing, and AOAC’s role in developing standards, education, and methods for microbiological analysis.

Chemical Contaminants in Cannabis


In this free 90-minute webinar, subject matter experts share insights into pesticide residue and mycotoxin method development, a US perspective on pesticide and mycotoxin testing, good manufacturing practices, and navigating the challenges of pesticide testing for various cannabis sample types.

Establishing Standards for Color Additives from Natural Sources


Internationally, with the consumer demand for “natural” colors increasing, some food manufacturers are turning away from synthetic color additives and towards those from plant extracts or other natural sources. This free 1-hour webinar provides briefings that speak to key potential safety hazards affecting sourcing and analytical challenges.

Developing Standards and Methods for the Detection of Aspergillus in Cannabis and Hemp Materials

On-demand until September 29, 2021

In this free on-demand webinar produced jointly by AOAC’s Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP) and Cannabis Science & Technology, AOAC consultant Pat Bird shares insights into AOAC’S method validation process useful to cannabis stakeholders like regulators and labs. Originally aired September 30, 2020.

Food Authenticity and the AOAC International Standards and Methods Program


How accurately and appropriately are foods and their ingredients represented to the consumer? In this free 1-hour webinar, join AOAC experts to learn about food authenticity analytical science in a live webcast produced in collaboration with Food Analysis and Separation Science. Originally aired June 2, 2020.

Editors’ Series: Cannabis Analytical Science Program


AOAC INTERNATIONAL launched the Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP) in early 2019 to provide a forum for the development of standards and the adoption of Official Methods of Analysis. In this free 1-hour webinar, AOAC experts joined Cannabis Science & Technology magazine in a review of the CASP program. Originally aired December 5, 2019.

Sampling Practices for Accurate Test Results

Not currently scheduled

In collaboration with presenters and subject matter experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and other nationally recognized experts, this training course will introduce theoretical considerations for the reliable collection of test samples and the practical applications for testing water, soil amendments, fresh produce, and grains for several highly pathogenic microbial contaminants.

AOAC Method Validation

Not currently scheduled.

This course is a one-day review of the technical validation requirements and processes of the Performance Tested Methods℠ and Official Methods of AnalysisSM programs.  This training course will include breakout sessions covering the technical requirements for microbiology methods and for chemistry methods, plus new modules specific for validation of cannabis methods.