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Dietary Supplement Analytical Methods and Reference Materials Program (AMRM)

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ginkgo leaves and capsulesAMRM Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I participate in the NIST laboratory assurance programs?
A. General information about the programs can be found at http://www.nist.gov/mml/csd/qaps.cfmexternal link disclaimer . Information about the Dietary Supplement Laboratory Quality Assurance Program can be found at http://www.nist.gov/mml/csd/organic/dsqap.cfmexternal link disclaimer , and program registration information can be found at https://mmlapps.nist.gov/dsqap/external link disclaimer   

Q.  Where can I find additional information about available methods and reference materials for specific dietary supplement ingredients such as vitamin D, carotenoids, ginkgo biloba, etc?
A.  AOAC International’s “Official Methods of Analysis,” a collection of chemical and microbiological methods and voluntary consensus standards, is available on the AOAC International Official Methods of Analysis Web page. 

Standard reference materials® (SRMs) and calibration standards SRMs for many dietary supplement ingredients are available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SRM Web page.

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) also has dietary supplement reference standards available from the USP Dietary Supplement Standards Web page. 

For additional information, including a list of relevant publications, please see our Analytical Methods and Reference Materials Program Web page.

Q. How do I get funding?
A. ODS uses a variety of mechanisms to fund AMRM Program work.

These include Interagency Agreements (IAGs) between ODS and other U.S. government entities such as the FDA, the USDA, and NIST. These are not available to businesses or academic researchers.

In partnership with other NIH Institutes and Centers (IC) , ODS uses NIH Administrative Supplements to assist investigators with active grants from participating ICs perform validation studies of analytical methods developed as part of the investigator's parent grant. PA-13-381, the current Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-381.htmlexternal link disclaimer .

When ODS identifies a particular need or needs, AMRM also uses government-wide procurement mechanisms to solicit proposals. General information about NIH acquisition processes can be found at http://oamp.od.nih.govexternal link disclaimer . A searchable web-based resource for government-wide solicitation announcements can be found at https://www.fbo.govexternal link disclaimer . Searches for funding opportunities can be performed by using solicitation numbers, if known, or by agency. NIH opportunities can be found typing "Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health" in the agency search box. Potential keywords to narrow search results include "dietary" and "chemistry" and "analytical methods".

Other Federal government agencies also make funding opportunities available. For example, NISTs funding and grants page:  http://www.nist.gov/director/grants/grants.cfmexternal link disclaimer
 

Q. How do I participate in the AOAC program?
A. General Information about AOAC International may be found at the Association's web page www.aoac.orgexternal link disclaimer . Specific information about dietary supplement activities and participating in AOAC stakeholder activities can be found at http://www.aoac.org/iMIS15_Prod/AOAC/Stake/SPDS/AOAC_Member/SH/SPDSCF/SPDSM.aspx?hkey=b8cbd524-33d1-4e51-8cc0-4e2028c367f2external link disclaimer

Q. How do I find a specific NIST Standard Reference Material?
A. Go to http://www.nist.gov/srm/index.cfmexternal link disclaimer  and enter a keyword (e.g. Vitamin D or ginkgo).