Vol. 23, No. 2
Publications from AOAC International
Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC International,
17th Edition. Edited by William Horwitz. AOAC International (2000).
2 200+ pages, 2 volumes, loose-leaf. 237 illustrations. Indexes. ISBN
0- 935584-67-6. USD 799 (print format). Also available in CD-ROM format
for PC-compatible or MacIntosh computers. USD 699 (CD-ROM format). USD
999 (print and CDROM formats).
Referred to as the "methods bible" by users worldwide, this compendium
is the authoritative source of analytical methods related to foods,
drugs, agriculture, and the environment that are used globally by industry,
government, and academic laboratories. All methods are validated through
the Official Methods SM program, a rigorous time-tested protocol administered
by AOAC International. This 17th edition contains more than 2 700 validated
methods adopted by industry, government agencies (many of the methods
are cited in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations), and academic institutions
as de facto standards in the operation of laboratories and quality assurance
processes. The current compilation contains more than 200 new and modifed
methods, new safety and quality assurance chapters, and revised guidelines
for collaborative study procedures.
It is of particular interest that the term "sample", used in at least
17 different ways in previous editions, is no longer used alone, except
in a statistical sense to designate a small portion representing a larger
quantity of material. Rather, the terminology recommended by the International
Organization for Standardization (IOS) and adopted to analytical work
by IUPAC is used. These terms are listed in the introductory section
of the compendium, where definitions are included for "laboratory sample",
"test (or analytical) sample", "test (or analytical) portion", and "test
solution". The term "specimen" is applied if the composition of the
material of interest changes with time, as with a flowing river or blood.
For more information, contact AOAC International, 481 North Frederick
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Compendium of Microbiological Methods
for the Analysis of Food and Agricultural Products. AOAC International
(2000). Available in CD-ROM format only, USD 299.
This compendium is the first to include all of the microbiological
methods used by the premier international organizations for food and
agricultural product analysis.
It contains 80 AOAC International Official Methods SM , 20 AOAC Research
Institute Performance Tested Methods, 15 U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service Laboratory Methods, all of the methods
from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Bacteriological Analytical
Manual (BAM) and the "Bad Bug Book", close to 90 methods from the Canadian
Health Protection Branch Compendium of Analytical Methods, and some
34 methods from the Campden and Chorleywood Food and Drink Research
Associations Manual of Microbiological Methods for the Food and
Drinks Industryin all, over 250 microbiological methods.
Basic Calculations for Chemical and Biological
Analysis, 2nd Edition. By J. S. Bassey, Efiok and Etim Effiong Eduok.
AOAC International (2000). 238 pages. Softbound. Appendixes. ISBN
0- 935584-69-2. USD 89.
This new 2nd edition contains many more practical examples and the
following three new chapters: Calculations Involving Chemical Reactions
and Stoichiometry, Properties of Gases and Colligative Properties of
Solutions, and Analytical Calculations Using Spreadsheets and Reporting
Results into Laboratory Information Management Systems.
Each chapter includes concise descriptions and definitions for the
basic principles, derivation of basic equations or concepts used for
calculations, relevant techniques and their applications, and step-by-step
Quality Assurance Principles for Analytical
Laboratories, 3rd Edition. By Frederick M. Garfield, Eugene Klesta,
and Jerry Hirsch. AOAC International (2000). 196 pages. Softbound. Appendixes.
ISBN 0-935584-70-6. USD 99.
This new 3rd edition presents a comprehensive analytical
approach to all aspects of quality assurance.
New in this edition is recognition of the role of ISO/IEC 17025 as
an international laboratory accreditation standard, and the increasing
need for laboratories to demonstrate quality performance through external
accreditation processes accepted by national accreditation organizations
operating within the ISO umbrella.