January 23, 2020

AOAC INTERNATIONAL invites method authors and developers to submit relevant methods that may meet the AOAC Standard Method Performance RequirementsSM (SMPR®) for Identification and Quantitation of Selected Pesticide Residues in Dried Cannabis Materials. Submitted methods will be reviewed by an AOAC Expert Review Panel for consideration of AOAC First Action Official Methods of AnalysisSM (OMA) status. Methods adopted as AOAC First Action Official Methods of Analysis by the Expert Review Panel will be published by AOAC INTERNATIONAL.

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this call for methods is to collect relevant methods that may meet AOAC SMPR 2018.011 as established by the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Strategic Food Analytical Methods (SPSFAM). All submitted methods will be subjected to evaluation by an AOAC ERP, who will review them for AOAC OMA status. Any resulting approved/adopted Official Methods of Analysis can be used as a reference or regulatory method. Acceptable methods must demonstrate that they meet AOAC SMPR 2018.011, therefore, being reliable and reproducible when used by trained analysts in accredited laboratories.

METHOD ELIGIBILITY:

Prospective methods must be able to identify and quantify selected pesticide residues in dried cannabis plant materials. See SMPR for details.
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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.

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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

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