October 18, 2019



AOAC INTERNATIONAL invites submissions of all relevant candidate methods that may meet the AOAC SMPR 2019.001 Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPR®) for Detection of Aspergillus in Cannabis and Cannabis Products for review in AOAC’s method validation programs.

Method Eligibility

Candidate methods must be able to detect Aspergillus (Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus flavus, and Apergillus terreus) in cannabis and/or cannabis products. Please refer to SMPR 2019.001 for details. A method using any analytical technique submitted that measures the analytes of interest and meets the method performance requirements in the SMPR is eligible for review.

AOAC Method Submission Requirements and Deadlines

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

Available Resources

1. At a Glance Instructions to Authors is available to assist method authors in formatting their method manuscripts.
2. 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].

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