NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. Stakeholder engagement is critical for development of impactful measurement services, and some long-standing partnerships are described below. To share your measurement services needs or suggest new or upgraded solutions, please contact Melissa Phillips (melissa.phillips [at] nist.gov).
The NIST Food Safety Workshop, held October 28-31, 2019, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, convened more than 100 members of the food safety community from industry, academia, and government agencies including other National Metrology Institutes to discuss the state of the art and critical needs. The outcomes of this workshop are represented in two NIST Special Publications. The main report (NIST SP 1251) covers the content from the workshop, including invited presentations, audience questions, and a summary of action items. The complementary report (NIST SP 1252) provides an overview of content from the debrief session attended by representatives from reference material producers and national metrology institutes following the main workshop.
AOAC INTERNATIONAL is a 501©(3), independent, third party, not-for-profit association and voluntary consensus standards developing organization that brings together government, industry, and academia to establish standard methods of analysis that ensure the safety and integrity of foods and other products that impact public health around the world. NIST staff are actively involved in AOAC standards development activities and engaged with AOAC stakeholders to inform development of measurement services to meet food safety needs.
The Consumer Brands Association champions the industry providing the consumer packaged goods industry, including product categories such as household and personal care to food and beverage products. The Consumer Brands Association has a rich history of shaping the food industry and members include some of the largest and most well-known brands in the US. Beginning in the early 2000s, NIST and the Consumer Brands Association (formerly the National Food Products Association and Grocery Manufacturers Association) began a strategic partnership to improve measurements of member laboratories and contribute industry data to reference material value assignments. Many NIST Certificates of Analysis contain reference to this partnership.
The NIH ODS was created in 1995 to promote scientific research in the area of dietary supplements, and the Analytical Methods and Reference Materials (AMRM) program was established in 2002 to support and accelerate the development, validation, and dissemination of analytical methods and reference materials for dietary supplements and their ingredients. NIST has partnered with the AMRM program since its inception, primarily on natural products research and reference materials. Additionally, determination of contaminants in foods and supplements as well as botanical authenticity has been supported and enhanced through the longstanding collaboration with NIH ODS.
At the US FDA, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is a national leader in protecting and promoting public health by ensuring proper labeling of foods for sale in the US. In initial meetings with the FDA in the 1990s, needs for reference materials to establish accuracy in food labeling helped shape the beginnings of the NIST food nutrition reference material program. More recently, FDA experts provided NIST with direct feedback on needs for advancing food safety testing and regulation enforcement. For the last 30 years, NIST and FDA have maintained open communications that facilitates development and proper use of measurement services.
The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management. Various laboratories at USDA have directly collaborated with NIST on evaluation of botanical authenticity, and continue to be involved in discussions about emerging needs for new measurement services.