AOAC’s Analytical Solutions Forum (ASF) is a mechanism for global stakeholders from government, industry and academia to identify emerging needs for scientific analysis of food and other related products and to propose actions to address them. It also serves to identify emerging technologies that can be adapted through standards development and certifications for use in supporting them.
The ASF is a meeting place where issues, ideas, opportunities and views can be exchanged. It is a venue for stakeholders with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to share technological advances, discuss knowledge gaps, and lay the foundation for collaboration among peers in the applied analytical science community.
The ASF has rapidly become the cornerstone of the AOAC Midyear and Annual Meetings. The goal of the ASF during the Midyear Meeting is designed to introduce and triage new ideas. Under the advisement of the ASF Steering Committee, one to three topics will then be further developed and presented at the Annual Meeting for potential adoption as AOAC projects or full programs.
As an “idea incubator,” the ASF also represents a new year-round program development format for AOAC and its stakeholders. Proposals provided to the ASF Steering Committee through continuous outreach to our broad spectrum of stakeholder communities—in addition to those emerging themes and issues discussed during the Midyear and Annual Meetings—represent another avenue for program development.
The Analytical Solutions Forum is intended to provide for greater stakeholder engagement and communication among scientists, regulators, researchers, and AOAC’s science leadership. Such expanded integration and cross-fertilization of ideas and needs among participants from diverse communities and areas of expertise will stimulate rapid and impactful analytical solutions to the most pressing food, feed and environmental needs.
The Analytical Solutions Forum evolved from extensive previous work done by AOAC through two stakeholder panels, Stakeholder Panel on Strategic Food Analytical Methods (SPSFAM) and the International Stakeholder’s Panel on Alternative Methods (ISPAM).
Scientists interested in working on the ASF are encouraged to contact Palmer Orlandi, Chief Science Officer at AOAC, at [email protected] or by phone at 301-924-7077 ext. 163.