July 26, 2021

At the June 2021 AOAC Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved the chartering of the Southeast Asia Section as the 18th regional section of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. The Section will also become a member of the AOAC Committee on Sections, comprised of leaders from each Section.

The proposed section has received overwhelming support since discussion began about its creation in January 2020. The various parties supporting this initiative were from governmental food control and testing bodies, industry, and academia. There are currently more than 100 Section members, including 56 individual AOAC INTERNATIONAL members, who live within the Section boundaries.

Southeast Asia Section leaders will be presented with an official AOAC INTERNATIONAL gavel at the Opening Session and Awards Ceremony of the 2021 AOAC Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Section Executive Committee

President: Philippe Gallardo, Nestlé Quality Assurance Centre, Singapore

President-Elect: Dr. Zhang Jie, Mead Johnson Nutrition Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Singapore

Secretary: Kumud Ashish Singh, Merck Life Science Pvt. Ltd, India

Treasurer: Dr. Qi Lin, Abbott Nutrition Research and Development, Singapore