AOAC’s mission to ensure the safety and integrity of foods and other products that impact public health requires identifying and meeting new challenges as they arise. AOAC meets those challenges through its Analytical Solutions Forum and New Initiatives programs.

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:

  • Standards and methods development
  • Proficiency testing
  • Training and mentoring
  • Scientific publications
  • Horizon-scanning
  • International harmonization

Support AOAC New Initiatives

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:

Voluntary Consensus Standard for the Determination of Acrylamide

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 for acrylamide in the
high heat processed food products.

Gluten and Food Allergens Methods Program

A multi-year science program for food allergens and gluten to coordinate all future consensus-driven needs development, validation and implementation of methods for the analysis of a wide range of food-associated allergens and gluten.

Analytical International Methods and Standards Program

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.

Vaping Analytical Science Initiative

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.

Stakeholder Panel on Agent Detection Assays Standards for Next Generation Sequencing Applications

A multi-year program to develop consensus standards and methods for the use and further development of Next Generation Sequencing and bioinformatic applications.

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