Association of Food and Drug Officials

GOODSamples Training Opportunities April 3-6, 2017

January 31, 2017 10:12 AM | AFDO Test

Sampling Food and Feed For Defensible Decisions
FDA/APHL/AAFCO/AFDO Sampling Training
The Pride of New York (PONY) Room, New York Department of Agriculture,
10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY
April 3-6, 2017

Spaces are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.  Please send an email of your intent to register to Nancy Thiex (, and follow with the registration form as soon as travel is approved.

 Download the Registration Form

The courses provide an in-depth overview of the defensible sampling concepts incorporated into the GOODSamples Guidance Document (Guidance on Obtaining Defensible Samples), which was released last year.


As background, the development of this guidance document, GOODSamples, was a collaborative effort by representatives of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), food and feed state regulatory agencies, and industry. The impetus for the effort is to improve analytical data equivalency among state, federal, and local agencies to enable inter-agency sharing of data collected in support of food and feed regulatory programs. Because analytical data is only as good as the the quality of the sample, it is essential that any improvements in the measurement process begin with the selection of the primary sample. In addition to improving equivalency, the guidelines provide the foundation for defensible decisions.

This work was developed by a group established under Cooperative Agreement #U18FD004710-01 and composed of members of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), and industry. This project was 100% funded with federal funds. 

It is currently being piloted by three states, some of which are participating through RRT Cooperative Agreements. We anticipate the possibility that there will be additional opportunities for state programs to pilot the use of GOODSamples in the next fiscal year


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