September 14, 2023

Open for 30-Day Public Comment Period

September 13, 2023:  AOAC INTERNATIONAL (AOAC) announces the availability of draft Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPR®) for Vanillin, Ethyl Vanillin, Methyl Vanillin, and Coumarin in Infant Formulas and Their Ingredients and the SMPR® is now open for public comments. 

The infant formula community is funding this project to determine nutrients in infant formula and adult nutritionals and will work with AOAC to develop standards for methods.

The draft SMPR® represents the stakeholder and working group discussions and deliberations. In accordance with AOAC standard developing procedures, the draft document must be posted for an open public comment period.

Comment Process

The public comment period opens on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 and closes Friday, October 13, 2023.  Comments will be compiled and reviewed, and the documents may be revised, if necessary, based on comments received.

AOAC requests that the following guidelines be observed in providing comments:

1.   For specific comments, please state the line number and/or range of line numbers in each document for which the comment applies.

2.   Provide rationale as to why the editor should consider the comment.

3.   Please specify if the comment is an editorial, content, or disagreement comment.

a.   Editorial comments provide additional clarification or correct typographical errors. Please suggest alternative wording or typographical corrections.

b.   Content-related comments provide technical clarity and comprehensiveness. Please suggest the appropriate technical language.  Documents will be reviewed by AOAC for technical accuracy and clarity.

c.   Disagreement comments reflect a perspective on content documented/ undocumented in the drafts. Please provide language that documents the perspective or position.

4.   All comments are due within 30 days of the initial posting date (deadline: October 13, 2023). The AOAC editorial team will address all questions and reserves the right to not accept comments received after the deadline.

Provide comments on the draft Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPR®).

For general/technical information please contact Delia Boyd, Senior Manager or via telephone: 240-801-8668.

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