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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No. 2
March 2001


New 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 Avenue, Suite 500, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2504, E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +1 301 924 7077; Fax: +1 301 924 7089; Web site:


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 Association’s Manual of Microbiological Methods for the Food and Drinks Industry–in 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 examples.


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.




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