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, [email protected]


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, [email protected]

Committee on Statistics

Committee Chair: Sidney Sudberg;
Contact: Delia Boyd, [email protected]

Aloe Vera Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Aloin Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Anthocyanin Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Antioxidant Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Ashwagandha Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Bisphenol A (BPA) Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Cannabis Potency Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Chondroitin Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Dietary Starches & Fiber Methods

Contact: La’Kia Phillips, [email protected]

Echinacea Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Ethanol in Tea (Kombucha) Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Fertilizer Methods

Contact: La’Kia Phillips, [email protected]

Flavanol Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Folin C Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Food Allergen Assays

Contact: La’Kia Phillips, [email protected]

Free Amino Acids Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Ginger Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Ginseng Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Gluten Assays

Contact: La’Kia Phillips, [email protected]

Heavy Metals Methods

Contact: Christopher Dent: [email protected]

Kavalactone Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent: [email protected]

Kratom Methods (DS)

Contact: Christopher Dent: [email protected]