At the March 2022 AOAC Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved the chartering of the Arab Section as the 19th Regional Section of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. The Section will also become a member of the AOAC Committee on Sections, comprised of leaders from each Section.
Key food laboratory organizations in the Arab region, particularly the Global Food Regulatory Science Society (GFoRSS), let the effort to structure the new Arab Section and ensure it supports:
Arab Section leaders will be presented with an official AOAC INTERNATIONAL gavel at the Opening Session and Awards Ceremony of the 2022 AOAC Annual Meeting & Exposition.
The Arab Section will encompass the following countries: 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: Dr. Amine Kassouf, Research Scientist/Adjunct Professor, GFoRSS/Laval University, Lebanon
President-Elect: Eng. Ahmed Al-Basha, Head of Standards, GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), Saudi Arabia
Vice President: Samuel Benrejeb Godefroy, Professor, Food Risk Analysis And Regulatory Policies, Université Laval, Canada
Secretary: Narjes Mhajbi, Sensory Analysis Laboratory Manager, Agro Food Technical Center, Tunisia
Treasurer: Amal Al-Rashdan, Assistant Under Secretary for Inspection and Control, Public Authority For Food And Nutrition, Kuwait