AOAC INTERNATIONAL has 19 Sections connecting analytical communities in the U.S. and worldwide, representing four continents and more than 120 countries.

Sections provide opportunities for participants to share information, build professional contacts, expand leadership skills, and gain practical management experience. Each AOAC Section hosts at least one networking event each year, featuring technical presentations and discussions by leading local and national experts. To join a Section, use the contact information below.

Asia & Asia-Pacific

China Section

People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong
President: Liang Cheng-Zhu, Director, Qingdao Customs
General Contact: [email protected]

India Section

President: Shrinivas Joshi. Assistant General Manager, Food & Environment Market, Waters Corporation
Contact: [email protected]

Japan Section

President: Takashi Hirao, General Manager, House Foods Group Inc.
Contact: [email protected]
General Contact: [email protected]

Southeast Asia Section

Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam
President: Xinping Hou, Analytical Services Manager, SEA, BV-AQ (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
Contact: [email protected]
August 2022 Newsletter

Taiwan Section

Taiwan and Penhu, Kimmen, and Matsu regions
President: Daniel Shih, Technical Supervisor, Ministry of Health and Welfare
General Contact: [email protected]

Thailand Section

Facebook: Thailand Section of AOAC International
President: Nitaya Pirapatrungsuriya
General Contact: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]


Europe Section

All European countries except Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg
President: Thomas Gude, Head Food/Non-Food Division, SQTS
Contact: [email protected]

Lowlands Section

Belgium, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands
Chairman: Monique de Nijs, Scientist, RIKILT – Institute of Food Safety
General Contact: [email protected]

Central and South America

Latin American–Caribbean Section

Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean islands
Contact: Presidente, Luis Alberto Fernandez Anaya, Centro Toxicologico SAC,  [email protected]

Middle East and Africa

Arab Section (new in 2022!)

Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
President: Amine Kassouf, PhD, Research Scientist, Global Food Regulatory Science Society (GFoRSS)

Africa Section

Algeria*, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros*, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti*, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt*, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya*, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania*, Mauritius, Morocco*, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Somalia*, Sudan*, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia*, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
(*Shared countries with the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Arab Section)

President: Winta Sintayehu, PACA (Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa)
General Contact: [email protected][email protected]

North America

Central Section

Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
President: Bryan Wirthwine, Project Manager, Nitto Denko Avecia Inc.

Mid-Atlantic Section

District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, southeastern Pennsylvania, and Virginia
Treasurer: Roger M. Brauninger, Consultant/Trainer, A2LA

Mid-Canada Section

Province of Manitoba
President: David Grant, Chemical Engineer, Manitoba Hydro
General Contact: [email protected]

Midwest Section

Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

President: Jay Alappat, Merieux NutriSciences, Crete, IL, USA
Contact: [email protected] or (+1) (312) 938-5249

Pacific Northwest Section

Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia
Chair: Jim Hungerford, Research Chemist, US FDA – ORA, ATC

Pacific Southwest Section

Arizona, California (except Southern California Section counties), Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah
President: Joyce Yip, ThermoFisher Scientific

Southern Section

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas
President: Ynes Ortega, University of Georgia, Griffin, GA, USA
General Contact: [email protected]

Southern California Section

Counties of Imperial, San Bernadino, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Diego and Los Angeles
President: Assad J. Kazeminy, Irvine Pharmaceutical Services, Irvine, CA, USA
General Contact: [email protected]