The Analytical Solutions Forum is a mechanism for AOAC’s global stakeholders to identify emerging analytical needs, propose actions to address them, and identify emerging technologies to support them.
AOAC’s New Initiatives process takes the next step by bringing together the human and financial resources to support these priority standards development projects.
AOAC’s strategic operating model includes traditional stakeholder panels as well as focused, self-sustaining programs. Depending on community needs, each program may integrate elements from AOAC’s suite of capabilities:
The primary vehicle for supporting New Initiatives is through participation in an AOAC Advisory Panel. Advisory Panels are program-specific groups comprising representatives from organizations who commit to contributing funding each year and who are instrumental in determining priorities for the program’s working groups.
The following programs are currently seeking stakeholder support:
A proposed working group composed of four contaminant-specific subgroups to develop and adopt voluntary consensus standards for color additives from natural sources. Stakeholder-approved standards will be used in the development of Official Methods of Analysis for microbial contaminants, residual solvents, pesticide residues, and heavy metal contaminants in naturally derived color additives.
A proposed working group to develop a voluntary consensus standard (or standards) for the determination of acrylamide to meet new regulatory requirements. The working group will develop one or more Standard Method Performance Requirements® (SMPRs®) for acrylamide in the high heat processed food products.
Despite marketplace acceptance, relatively little work has been done to characterize the vapor from vape devices rather than the vape solutions. This project will bring together experts from the vaping science community to develop validated analytical standards and methods to address the most pressing challenges to vaping safety.
A proposed working group to develop a voluntary consensus standard (or standards) for the determination (quantification) of 35 pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) to meet new maximum levels. The working group will develop one or more Standard Method Performance Requirements® (SMPRs®) for PAs in teas, herbal infusions, herbs, seed spices and botanical dietary supplement ingredients
A multi-year, self-sustaining umbrella program for projects delivering analytical solutions for current capability gaps in laboratory testing, responding to emerging microbial threats to food safety, and developing standards for using cutting-edge technologies.
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