On the Horizon with AOAC - AOAC Talk Program Partner
Jun 04, 2020 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Importance of Consensus Standards, the Resulting Methods and Challenges Inherent in Verifying Authenticity
Jun 05, 2020 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Palmer was named the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Science Officer at AOAC INTERNATIONAL in December 2018. In his new role, he is responsible for overseeing the AOAC Research Institute, Standards Development Activities, and the Proficiency Testing Program. In addition, he handles business development responsibilities to include developing strategic partnerships with the goal of advancing voluntary consensus standards setting activities and strengthening international relations. He has an extensive background in government relations, food science and safety, regulatory affairs, and public health in the federal government. Prior to joining AOAC INTERNATIONAL, he served more than 22 years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, most recently as CSO and research director in the Office of Food and Veterinary Medicine where he provided strategic direction and leadership for all FDA FVM science and research programs. In the course of his career, he developed rapid molecular detection methods for emerging food- and waterborne microbial pathogens for regulatory and surveillance applications and coordinated collaborative analytical methods programs for the FDA field laboratories and the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN). Palmer holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Lafayette College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kentucky. He was also an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service since 1991, earning the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in 2017.