March 11, 2020


AOAC INTERNATIONAL invites method authors and developers to submit relevant methods that may meet the AOAC Standard Method Performance Requirements® (SMPR®) for the Quantitation of Cannabinoids in Edible Chocolate (AOAC SMPR 2017.019). Submitted methods will be reviewed by an AOAC Expert Review Panel for consideration of AOAC First Action Official MethodsSM status. Methods adopted as AOAC First Action Official MethodsSM by the Expert Review Panel will be published by AOAC INTERNATIONAL.


The objective of this call for methods is to collect relevant methods that may meet AOAC SMPR 2017.019 as approved by the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Strategic Food Analytical Methods (SPSFAM). All submitted methods will be subjected to evaluation by an AOAC Expert Review Panel, who will review them for potential AOAC First Action Official Methods status. Any resulting approved/adopted Official Methods of Analysis may be used as a reference method. Acceptable methods must demonstrate that they meet the appropriate SMPR, therefore, being reliable and reproducible when used by trained analysts in accredited laboratories.

Method Eligibility

Methods must be able to identify and quantify individual cannabinoids as listed in SMPR 2017.019 in finished edible chocolate. Any analytical technique(s) that measures the analytes of interest and meets the method performance requirements in AOAC SMPR 2017.019 will be considered.

Deadline for Submission

All methods are due by September 4, 2020.  AOAC reserves the right to not accept methods submitted after the deadline to maintain the project timeline. Please submit your method(s) and supporting data to AOAC INTERNATIONAL using this form.

Submission Process

AOAC invites method authors to submit their methods. No fee required. Interested method authors or developers should provide a copy of their proposed method, as well as any available data characterizing the analytical performance and scientific validity of the method in AOAC format. Interested method authors looking for guidance and examples on formatting methods and manuscripts or other supporting information can find this at the AOAC SPSFAM Resource Center.   Ideal method submissions should include a well written method procedure and be accompanied by data or information supporting the method’s applicability and demonstrating the method’s ability to meet the criteria of the AOAC standard method performance requirements.   Submit Your Method   A copyright transfer form must also be completed for ALL method submissions. If the method has been previously published, permission must be obtained from the appropriate parties. Please provide name(s) and complete contact information for the publishing organization and/or corresponding author. Do you have further questions about the method submission process? Please contact us to organize a method developer Q&A session by teleconference.