Laboratory, Science & Technology Committee
About the committee
The Science and Technology Committee provides the resources to AFDO of laboratory and research scientists and has the following mandates: Determine needs of laboratories supporting regulatory function and recommend the means of meeting those needs. Provide information to regulatory and enforcement personnel to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the changing and frequently complex scientific nature involved in regulatory work. Promote communications, coordination, and the mutual assistance of federal, state, and local government laboratories and industrial laboratories. Provide consulting and special project services to AFDO and regulatory agencies.
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Serve as AFDO liaison with APHL and provide AFDO’s Board of Directors with a list of relevant activities of mutual interest.
Work with AFDO Staff to meet MFRPA Cooperative Agreement deliverables as they relate to the laboratory regulatory community to ensure networking.
Provide a committee structure environment and encourage involvement from laboratory managers to assist in technical guidance solutions, in sharing best practices, and liaison with APHL’s Human and Animal Food Subcommittee.
Provide feedback and participate in discussions and activities related to the sustainability of regulatory food/feed laboratory accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
Support GOOD Samples and GOOD Test Portions.
Work with AOAC on the development of cannabis testing methods.
Explore potential barriers or gaps to laboratory conformance with MFRPS Standard 10.
Work with state and federal partners to implement the “Strategic Plan for State Human and Animal Food Laboratory Partnerships.”
Collaborate with the Cannabis Committee to create a standardized protocol for homogeneity and stability studies required to be performed on all new cannabis products by state-regulated cannabis businesses to ensure the safety, consistency, and stability of therapeutic compounds in these products. (also a Cannabis Committee charge).