The Sub-Saharan Africa Section of the AOAC serves as an effective vehicle to drive the improvement of analytical competence and capabilities, as well as improving the standards and performance of food testing labs in the region.
AOAC INTERNATIONAL was established in 1884 as the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists. Later, the Association of Official Analytical Chemists name was adopted to better reflect additional safety interest areas.
At the moment, the organization’s legal name is AOAC INTERNATIONAL standing for the Association of Official Analytical Collaboration, to reflect the global nature of its impact.
Representing 46 African countries positioned south of the Sahara desert, the AOAC Sub-Saharan Africa creates an Africa-based platform where official control laboratories, regulatory authorities, industry, contract research organizations, technology providers and academia can work together to improve the standard and performance of analytical science within the region.
This platform provides a forum through which the collective knowledge, experience and capabilities of all participants will be the principle resource as well as the key driver for the improvement in laboratory standards and analytical sciences.
Through its Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) program, AOAC provides collaboratively tested and internationally recognized analytical methods for food composition, and food additives and natural contaminants composition in food.
In addition, its Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program (LPTP) enables laboratories to compete in the global marketplace by demonstrating and certifying that they meet the highest international standards for accuracy, reliability, and compliance.
About 2022 Africa Food Safety Summit
The 2022 Africa Food Safety Summit in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) is Africa’s premier and largest international food safety, quality management and conformity conference and exhibition.
The Summit brings together regional and global experts and stakeholders to share the latest trends in science and technology; regulations, standards and compliance; operations and sustainable adoption of food safety practices and technologies in the entire agriculture and food value chain in Africa.
Held in physical and virtual format, the Summit aims at providing the platform to boost quality, food safety and conformity in Africa and the region’s fast rising food and agriculture sector that will enhance trade in local, regional and global markets.
The 2022 edition of the Summit will be held together with the AFMASS Youth Summit – a pan-African mentorship, networking and capacity building platform for university students and young professionals and budding start-up entrepreneurs in Africa’s food and agriculture sector.
To attend the summit, register at; https://summit.foodsafetyafrica.net.