AOAC International, the Association of Analytical Chemists, was founded in 1884 with the mission of advancing food safety, food integrity and public health. It is a forum for finding science-based solutions through development of standards and guidance in the fields of food microbiology and chemistry. 

The AOAC International Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Microbiological and Chemical Analyses of Food, Dietary Supplements, and Pharmaceuticals provides food testing laboratories with guidance on implementation of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requirements. They also provide laboratories the opportunity to achieve accreditation to the AOAC Guidelines as an add-on to ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

In addition to reviewing the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, ANAB's accreditation program adds the requirements from the AOAC Guidelines to the assessment and accreditation process. Accreditation provides the laboratory and its customers assurance of microbiological and chemical analyses of samples within a food testing laboratory.

ANAB accredits hundreds of food laboratories across the world and our knowledge of the science of food and laboratory accreditation allows us to provide value-added accreditation services to the food testing community.

For more information or to obtain a quote, contact Roger Muse at rmuse@anab.org or 414-501-5455.

Program Documents (including FA 2004, MA 2100, AR 2250, SR 2416, and other documents)

Food Safety Law Requires Accreditation

In January 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. FSMA is transforming food safety by shifting the focus from responding to food-borne illness to preventing it. To implement FSMA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized seven major rules designed to document clear actions that must be taken at each point in the global food supply chain, which includes microbiological and chemical testing. To learn more about this legislation and its potential impact on your organization, contact ANAB. You can also find more information on the FDA rules by visiting the FSMA website.

ANAB provides accreditation for FSMA for product certification bodies based on ISO/IEC 17065 and management systems certification bodies based on ISO/IEC 17021-1.