DEADLINE: October 1, 2021
AOAC INTERNATIONAL is launching an Expert Review Panel (ERP) for Capsaicin and Capsicum Methods to review a submitted manuscript as a proposed modification to AOAC 995.03 (Capsaicinoids in Capsicums and Their Extractives) for adoption and publication in the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. AOAC is actively recruiting international volunteers with experience and expertise to serve on this ERP. Membership in this ERP is an opportunity to participate and lend your expertise and experience to the AOAC Official MethodsSM Program in evaluating methods. If you are a subject matter expert and are interested in volunteering on this AOAC ERP, please complete the application below.
The method indicates “1 mg total capsaicinoids/g ca 15 SHU”, that provides an option for the analyst to ‘calculate’ the sample capsaicinoids content. Experience with the method indicates that the “15 SHU” approximation may the source of significant discrepancies (around 8% relative) when comparing capsaicinoid contents calculated directly from chromatographic data vs. derived from SHU values. It is believed that the response factor for capsaicin by UV detection, as published in the method, is erroneous. To address the error in response factor identified for capsaicin by UV detection, it is suggested to independently verify the response factors for all three capsaicinoids in the method using commercially available reference materials, both by UV and fluorescence detection.
All applications will be screened and submitted to the AOAC Official Methods Board, who will vet the candidates and form the ERP roster. Ideal candidates for ERP membership must:
Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 1, 2021.