Volunteer Experts are vetted and trained subject matter experts who participate in a broad range of AOAC activities and are eligible to serve on Expert Review Panels (ERPs).

Research Institute Services Volunteer Expert opportunities

AOAC’s Research Institute administers Volunteer Expert services such as the AOAC Consulting Service reviewing and approving validation protocols, and the Performance Tested MethodsSM program reviewing and peer reviewing manuscripts.

Contact: Nora Marshall, nmarshall@aoac.org.


Antibiotic & Veterinary Drug Residues

Summary: Alternative/Rapid methods can be evaluated for NCIMS consideration for milk using US FDA CVM protocols, or for dairy products using international protocols

Food Allergens and Gluten

Summary: Alternative/Rapid methods can be evaluated for detection or determination of food allergen or gluten content in food matrices and environmental surfaces.

Food Chemical Natural and Spoilage Toxins

Summary: Alternative/Rapid methods can be evaluated for naturally occurring toxins (e.g., mycotoxins) and spoilage toxins (e.g., histamine).

Food Microbial Indicators

Summary: Alternative/Rapid methods can be evaluated for microbial spoilage indicators, anaerobic organisms and certain pathogens (e.g., yeasts, molds, coliforms, etc….) in foods and environmental surfaces.

Chemical Contaminants in Foods

Summary: Alternative/Rapid methods can be evaluated for detection or determination of contaminants in food (e.g., sulfites, ruminant protein, heavy metals, etc.…) content in food matrices and environmental surfaces.

Food Authenticity and Integrity

Summary: Alternative/Rapid methods can be evaluated for targeted detection or identification of potential adulteration of food commodities.

Food Content Ingredients and Nutrient Methods

Summary: Alternative/Rapid methods can be evaluated for detection or determination of ingredients and nutrients in commodities (e.g., vitamins, nutritive metals, fatty acids, etc.…)

Food Pathogen Organisms and Their Toxins

Summary: Alternative/Rapid methods can be evaluated for foodborne pathogens (including their variants and any toxins) in foods and environmental surface – using qualitative, quantitative, and identification techniques.


Method related committees and open Expert Review Panels

Please email the contact provided to verify if new members are being accepted.

Committee on Safety

Committee Chair: Yvonne Salfinger;
Contact: Delia Boyd, dboyd@aoac.org

Committee on Statistics

Committee Chair: Sidney Sudberg;
Contact: Delia Boyd, dboyd@aoac.org

Aloe Vera Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Aloin Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Anthocyanin Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Antioxidant Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Ashwagandha Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Bisphenol A (BPA) Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Cannabis Potency Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Chondroitin Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Dietary Starches & Fiber Methods

Contact: La’Kia Phillips, lphillips@aoac.org

Echinacea Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Ethanol in Tea (Kombucha) Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Fertilizer Methods

Contact: La’Kia Phillips, lphillips@aoac.org

Flavanol Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Folin C Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Food Allergen Assays

Contact: La’Kia Phillips, lphillips@aoac.org

Free Amino Acids Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Ginger Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Ginseng Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, cdent@aoac.org

Gluten Assays

Contact: La’Kia Phillips, lphillips@aoac.org

Heavy Metals Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent: cdent@aoac.org

Kavalactone Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent: cdent@aoac.org

Kratom Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent: cdent@aoac.org