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.

AOAC Method Validation

Live online course
July 7, 2021 from 7:00am to 11:00am EDT
and July 8, 2021 from 7:00am to 11:00am EDT
AOAC INTERNATIONAL Members: USD $400
Non-Members: USD $500

Developing Country 50% discount code: DEVWEB2021

This course is a two-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.  

Update on the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program

Free live webinar
July 14, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET

On March 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it had completed its review of the Final Rule establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. As part of AOAC’s Cannabis Analytical Science Program’s (CASP’s) Training and Education initiative, Bill Richmond and Dr. Kerry Smith from USDA have offered to brief the AOAC CASP community on the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program’s Final Rule and its implications.

World Food Safety Day Webinar

On-demand

This free webinar was co-presented with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in honor of World Food Safety Day 2021. The aim of this webinar is to draw attention and inspire action to the requirements of accurate and reliable food testing as part of ensuring food safety and quality, as well as supporting free flow of food and agri-food commodities as part of international trade. Discrepancies in food testing results are cited as a major source of disagreements between trading partners, which emphasizes the importance of standardization in the development and implementation of food testing in regulatory settings. 

ISO/IEC 17025 Overview with Distinct Notations for Cannabis Laboratories

On demand – coming soon.

4-hour online class
AOAC INTERNATIONAL
Members: USD $316.00
Non-Members: USD $395.00

Many cannabis regulatory bodies now require cannabis testing laboratories to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, an international gold standard for laboratory quality assurance. This session will provide a broad overview of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard and will highlight common obstacles and difficulties the cannabis laboratory will need to consider in their quality management systems.

Women in Science

On demand – coming soon.

AOAC INTERNATIONAL
Members: USD $79.00
Non-Members: USD $99.00

As our sector 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

On-demand

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

On-demand

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

On-demand

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

On-demand

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

On-demand

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 one-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

On-demand

How accurately and appropriately are foods and their ingredients represented to the consumer? In this free one-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

On-demand

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 one-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.