June 7, 2023

DEADLINE: July 7, 2023

The AOAC Heavy Metals Working Group recently completed its review and revision of the SMPR for the Determination of Trace Elemental Contaminants in Food and Beverages and is now accepting public comments.

Comment Process

The public comment period is open through Friday, July 7, 2023. Comments will be compiled and reviewed; the document may be revised if necessary, based on comments received.

Comments must be submitted using the form provided. Marked up documents will not be accepted.

Comment Guidelines:

  1. For specific comments, state the line number and/or range of line numbers in each document for which the comment applies.
  2. Provide rationale as to why the editor should consider the comment.
  3. Specify if the comment is an editorial, content, or general comment.
    • Editorial comments provide additional clarification or correct typographical errors. Please suggest alternative wording or corrections if you have an editorial comment.
    • Content related comments provide technical clarity and comprehensiveness. Please suggest the appropriate technical language. Documents will be reviewed by AOAC and the working group chair(s) for technical accuracy and clarify.
    • General comments reflect a perspective on content documented/undocumented in the drafts. Please provide language that documents the perspective or position.

To view the SMPR and submit a comment, please click here.

All comments are due by Friday, July 7, 2023. The AOAC team will address all questions and reserves the right to not accept comments received after this deadline.

Questions? Please contact Allison Baker, AOAC Program Coordinator, Standards and Official Methods.