Validation procedures for quantitative food allergen ELISA methods: Community guidance and best practices

Michael Abbott, Stephen Hayward, William Ross, Samuel Benrejeb Godefroy, Franz Ulberth, Arjon J. Van Hengel, James Roberts, Hiroshi Akiyama, Bert Popping, Jupiter M. Yeung, Paul Wehling, Steve L. Taylor, Roland Ernest Poms, Philippe Delahaut

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This document provides supplemental guidance on specifications for the development and implementation of studies to validate the performance characteristics of quantitative ELISA methods for the determination of food allergens. It is intended as a companion document to other existing publications on method validation. The guidance is divided into two sections: information to be provided by the method developer on various characteristics of the method, and implementation of a multilaboratory validation study. Certain criteria included in the guidance are allergen-specific. Two food allergens, egg and milk, are used to demonstrate the criteria guidance. These recommendations will be the basis of the harmonized validation protocol for any food allergen ELISA method, whether proprietary or nonproprietary, that will be submitted to AOAC and/or regulatory authorities or other bodies for status recognition. Regulatory authorities may have their own particular requirements for data packages in addition to the guidance in this document. Future work planned for the implementation and validation of this guidance will include guidance specific to other priority allergens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-450
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of AOAC International
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Food Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Pharmacology


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