CALL FOR METHODS: Methods for Measuring Lactose in Low-Lactose or Lactose-Free Milk, Milk Products, and Products Containing Dairy Ingredients

December 20, 2018: AOAC INTERNATIONAL invites method authors and developers to submit relevant methods that may meet the AOAC Standard Method Performance RequirementsSM (SMPR®) for Lactose in Low-Lactose or Lactose Free Milk, Milk Products, and Products Containing Dairy Ingredients. Submitted methods will be reviewed by an AOAC Expert Review Panel for consideration of AOAC First Action Official Methods of AnalysisSM (OMA) status. Methods adopted as AOAC First Action Official Methods of Analysis by the Expert Review Panel will be published by AOAC INTERNATIONAL.

The objective of this call for methods is to collect relevant methods that may meet AOAC SMPR 2018.009 as established by the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Strategic Food Analytical Methods (SPSFAM). All submitted methods will be subjected to evaluation by an AOAC Expert Review Panel (ERP), who will review them for AOAC OMA status. Any resulting approved/adopted Official Methods of Analysis can be used as a reference or regulatory method. Acceptable methods must demonstrate that they meet AOAC SMPR 2018.009, therefore, being reliable and reproducible when used by trained analysts in accredited laboratories.

Prospective methods be able to measure lactose found in milk, milk products, and products containing dairy ingredients that are low-lactose or lactose-free. The scope includes “lactose free” infant formulas and adult nutritionals.

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AOAC invites method authors to submit their methods with no fee required. Interested method authors or developers should provide a copy of their proposed method, as well as any available data characterizing the analytical performance and scientific validity of the method in AOAC format. For additional method author resources, please visit the AOAC Author Resource Center. Ideal method submissions should include a well written method procedure and be accompanied by data or information supporting the method’s applicability and demonstrating the method’s ability to meet the criteria of the AOAC standard method performance requirements.