October 19, 2022

DEADLINE: Friday, November 18, 2022


The AOAC Stakeholder Program on Agent Detection Assays (SPADA) Working Group (WG) III, Developing NGS Standards for Validation Criteria for Databases and in silico Processes WG III recently reconciled the comments received on the draft standard entitled, Standard Requirements for Nucleotide Sequences used in Biothreat Agent Detection, Identification, and Quantification: Verified Next Generation Sequences (VNGS). The document is now ready for consensus by the SPADA community and all who have a material interest in this work.

Consensus Process

Community consensus voting on the draft standard. The mechanism determine for consensus on this document is via an electronic ballot that is accessible below. The deadline for ballot returns is Friday, November 18, 2022, at 9:00 PM ET. Ballots will be reviewed, and results will be announced. The ballot does allow for comments to be submitted. Any substantial comments received will prompt a response by AOAC. Access to the draft standard and the electronic ballot is below

Draft Standard and Electronic Ballot

Please see the AOAC SPADA WG III’s Standard Requirements for Nucleotide Sequences used in Biothreat Agent Detection, Identification, and Quantification: Verified Next Generation Sequences (VNGS) and the List of Comments Received and Responses at the Draft Standard for Comment 

Comments must be submitted using the Comment Form/Electronic Ballotprovided. Marked up documents will not be accepted. 

Questions? Please contact Saliha Argubie, AOAC Program Coordinator, Standards and Official Methods or Deborah McKenzie.