The American Oil Chemists' Society
(AOCS) is an international professional organization
based in Urbana, Illinois USA
dedicating to providing the support network for those involved with the science and technology related to fats
, and other related materials.
Founded in 1909, AOCS has approximately 4,000 members in 90 countries who are active in a total of , of which only one of the sections is within the United States.
According the official AOCS site, "the mission of AOCS is to provide high standards of quality among those with a professional interest in the science and technology of fats, oils, surfactants, and related materials and is continually fulfilled by AOCS Technical Services. Its esteemed products and services help professionals maintain excellence in their industry."
The AOCS was started in May 1909 under the name Society of Cotton Products Analysts
as a group that promoted recommended methods for chemical processes focused on the cottonseed
industry. 1920, the name was changed to American Oil Chemists' Society.National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council (1961), Scientific and Technological Societies of the United States and Canada, 7th ed.; National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Washington D.C.