AOAC consensus standards development programs are respected worldwide for their rigorous approach based on the collaborative efforts of experts from government, industry, and academia. The following are active science programs, forums, and working groups that offer volunteer opportunities.

Science programs, Analytical Solutions Forum, and working groups

Cannabis Analytical Science Program (CASP)

Purpose: To provide a forum where the science of hemp and cannabis analysis and quality measurements can be discussed for the development and maintenance of cannabis standards and fit for purpose methods.
Contact: Program Lead Scott Coates, [email protected] or CASP Manager Christopher Dent, [email protected]
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Food Authenticity and Fraud Program (FAFP)

Purpose: To provide a forum in which standards and methods are developed for analyzing and characterizing foods for authenticity and/or identifying adulteration and fraudulent addition of substances to foods.
Contact: Program Lead Palmer Orlandi, [email protected] or FAFP Manager Delia Boyd, [email protected]
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Agent Detection Assays Program (SPADA)

Purpose: To provide a forum for the threat detection community to develop voluntary consensus standards and fit for purpose methods, building a framework for quality measurements.
Contact: Program Lead Palmer Orlandi, [email protected] or SPADA Manager Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Infant Formula & Adult Nutritionals Program (SPIFAN)

Purpose: To provide a forum for the infant formula community to develop and maintain updated international standards and fit for purpose methods and to build a framework for quality measurements.
Contact: Program Lead Alicia Meiklejohn, [email protected] or SPIFAN Manager Delia Boyd, [email protected]
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Analytical Solutions Forum (ASF)

Purpose: To provide a science-based forum where global stakeholders convene to identify emerging topics and articulate needs for standards, methods, and/or quality measures used to reduce trade barriers, substantiate health claims, or meet regulatory requirements.
Contact: ASF Lead Palmer Orlandi, [email protected]

Food Allergens – ASF Working Group (Alternative Methods)

Purpose: To develop standard method performance requirements for quantitative analysis of commodities for food allergens using ligand binding assays. Allergens of interest are: egg, milk, peanut, and tree nuts (almond & hazelnut)
Contact: ASF Lead Palmer Orlandi, [email protected] or Working Group Manager Delia Boyd, [email protected]
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Furan – ASF Working Group (Food & Beverage)

Purpose: To develop standard method performance requirements for quantitative methods analyzing for furan and alkyl furans in specific food commodities: coffee, baby food, fruit juices.
Contact: ASF Lead Palmer Orlandi, [email protected] or Working Group Manager Christopher Dent, [email protected]

Quantitative Microbiology Method Validation Acceptance Criteria – ASF Working Group (Alternative Methods)

Purpose: To develop acceptance criteria in support of validating quantitative microbiology alternative methods.
Contact: ASF Lead Palmer Orlandi, [email protected] or Working Group Manager: Delia Boyd, [email protected]
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