March 15, 2022

The AOAC Research Institute (AOAC RI) in conjunction with World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is issuing a call for methods that indicate risk of fecal contamination in drinking water. Methods will be validated and certified through AOAC RI’s conformity assessment program, Performance Tested MethodsSM.

Methods should meet the following requirements for submission:  

  • Indicate risk of fecal contamination in drinking water.
  • Applicable for field use in remote areas and low resource settings. Ideal methods would be portable or capable of being portable in the near future, be lightweight (under 7 kg), be amenable to room temperature storage and analysis, and utilize battery power for operation.
  • Time to result should be less than 6 hours; less than 2 hours is preferable.
  • Ready for validation, finished prototype, or manufactured method. Manufacturing should be under GMP or ISO 9001 requirements, or equivalent, for quality assurance in manufacturing.  

If interested and for all questions or inquiries, contact Zerlinde Johnson at [email protected] or Sharon Brunelle at [email protected].