October 21, 2019

DEADLINE: January 17, 2020.


AOAC INTERNATIONAL invites method authors and developers to submit relevant methods that may meet the AOAC SMPR 2019.003 Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPR®) for Cannabinoids in plant materials of hemp (low THC varieties of Cannabis sp.) for review in AOAC’s method validation programs.


Candidate methods must be able to identify and quantify individual cannabinoids in plant materials expressed on a dry weight basis. The method must be able to report total THC. Please refer to SMPR 2019.003 for details. Any analytical technique(s) that measures the analytes of interest and meets the method performance requirements in the SMPR will be considered.


Method authors may submit methods for review to the Official Methods of Analysis℠ (OMA) program. Method authors with rapid commercial and proprietary methods may opt to submit methods for review to the Performance Tested Methods℠ (PTM) program only; to the OMA program only; or to the PTM program first and then submit to the OMA program, thereafter.

Official Methods of Analysis℠ (OMA) Program

  • Candidate methods must be submitted in AOAC OMA and the data formulated into a manuscript in AOAC Journal format
  • Full single laboratory validation required followed by a reproducibility study
  • Application fees apply for rapid commercial proprietary methods only
  • Methods and manuscripts must be submitted by specified deadlines.


Submit your method – OMA Application Form

Performance Tested Methods℠ (PTM) Program

  • Candidate methods are rapid commercial proprietary methods only
  • Full single laboratory validation and manufacturing QC studies required along with an independent laboratory study
  • Methods may be submitted any time throughout the year
  • Application & program related fees apply


PTM Application Form


1. Upcoming Method Author orientation sessions. To express interest, contact Christopher Dent at [email protected].

2. At a Glance Instructions to Authors is available to assist method authors in formatting their method manuscripts.
3. AOAC Consulting Services to draft validation testing protocols, format methods and manuscripts for PTM and OMA programs. Application fees apply for this service. To use Consulting Service for PTM, contact Nora Marshall at [email protected]. To use Consulting Service for OMA, contact Deborah McKenzie at [email protected].

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