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Stakeholder Panel on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals (SPIFAN)

AOAC INTERNATIONAL has formed an AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals (SPIFAN). Current funding for this effort is made available through the Infant Nutrition Council of America (INCA), formerly the International Formula Council (IFC) on behalf of Abbott Nutrition, Fonterra, Mead Johnson, Nestle, and Perrigo. This panel has been established to develop standard method performance requirements (SMPR) for priority nutrients in infant formula and adult nutritionals. Since April 2010, 28 SMPRs were completed and adopted as standards along with 43 First Action Official MethodSM adopted. SPIFAN II was signed in mid-June 2013, to continue the focus on completing the nutrient panel through September 2016.

In August 2013, AOAC launched biotin, FOS/GOS, vitamin K, and minerals. The next set of nutrients to be launched are amino acids, carotenoids, fluoride, and chloride in March 2014. The final set of nutrients to be launched in September 2014 are vitamins B1, B2 , B3, and B6. For each nutrient, a working group is formed for the purpose of developing the standard method performance requirements. An AOAC Expert Review Panels will approve one method as First Action Official MethodSM that will eventually undergo multi-laboratory testing (MLT) in support of achieving Final Action Official MethodSM status. SPIFAN is continuously seeking qualified laboratories to participate in these MLT studies.

In an effort to gain global acceptance, stakeholder panels are made up of key experts from global government, industry, academia, and contract research organizations. Through AOAC's recently signed agreement with ISO, AOAC and ISO can participate in each other's work to jointly develop and approve standards with whey protein and fatty acids as examples. AOAC continues to encourage and engage global experts to participate in its standards development process to ensure global acceptance of these standards and methods.

Please read the recent article published in our magazine, Inside Laboratory Management July/August 2013 issue titled "Expanded AOAC/IFC Infant Formula Initiative to Result in as Many as 20 New SMPRs®" that describes the project in more detail and the status of all the nutrients in-process. Also visit our website at: to find more information about AOAC INTERNATIONAL.