AOAC International Today

The organization is committed to being a proactive, worldwide provider and facilitator in the development, use, and harmonization of validated analytical methods and laboratory quality assurance programs and services.

AOAC International serves to its members and the communities of analytical sciences by providing the tools and processes necessary for community stakeholders to collaborate and, through consensus building, develop fit-for-purpose methods and services for ensuring quality measurements.

This is AOAC’s mission. Leveraging the knowledge, experience, and expertise of more than 3000 members with one-third of its members outside the United States, AOAC has developed a proven model to achieve its mission and vision and bring value to the analytical communities that it serves.

AOAC encompasses 16 sections worldwide, representing four continents and over 90 countries outside of the United States. Sections provide opportunities for technical individuals likes scientists, industry professionals, academia, analytical experts and others to share information, build professional contacts, expand leadership skills and gain practical management experience.

  History of AOAC International
  • In 1884, AOAC was founded as the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to adopt uniform methods of analysis for fertilizers.

  • In 1890, AOAC extended it’s service from fertilizers to feed, food and drug.

  • In 1906, AOAC “Official Methods of Analysis” have been defined as “official” by regulations promulgated for enforcement of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 CFR 2.19), recognized in Title 9 of the USDA-FSIS Code of Federal Regulations, and in some cases by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • In 1927, Sponsorship of the Association passed to FDA which is responsible for regulatory activities.

  • During 1970s, AOAC has increasingly been attended and accepted by scientists from outside the United States and non-official (non-government) scientists.
    In 1979, AOAC became a truly independent organization.

  • During 1980s, AOAC has extended its service from chemical to microbiological and GMOs, from method validation to quality control of laboratories and international laboratory accreditation.

  • By 1991, the Association had long ceased to be limited to regulatory (Official) analytical chemists in the United States. During the 1980s and 1990s, the attention of the analytical community—particularly the segment focused on foods—had changed dramatically from chemical to microbiological food contaminants. Additionally, as a result of expansion of international trade, there was increasing demand for quality control of laboratories and international laboratory accreditation.

  • Consequently, in that year, the name of the Association was changed to AOAC INTERNATIONAL.