Orientation and Training
Food and Drug Administration
This program provides training in the four distinct areas of nutrient analysis. These four areas are water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, proximate analysis, and metals. The training presented in this section is basic training for an analyst in the Atlanta Center for Nutrient Analysis (ACNA).
Each unit represents the four major areas of nutrient analysis. The units do not include the entire range of methodology performed in ACNA. The trainer will follow the preset unit for a particular assay. The trainer will demonstrate the method with the trainee. After the method has been demonstrated the trainee will run the method with trainer assistance. The final test will be the trainee's ability to run the method independently.
The nutrition compliance programs have guidance and instructions for sample collection and analysis. For infant formulas CP 7321.006) and medical foods (CP 7321.002), analytical methods are specified in the compliance program. Infant formulas and other standardized food have specifications in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for nutrient content. Therefore, before beginning any sample analysis, the analyst should review the compliance program corresponding to the sample collected for analysis.