The OFA does not conduct research or develop new tests. The University of Missouri does conduct research and develop new tests. New tests are then outsourced to the OFA for order processing and customer interface. The University of Missouri publishes many of its findings in peer reviewed reference journals. Often times, at the request of breed club, in the interest of improving canine health and since the publication timeline can be lengthy, commercial tests may be made available to the public before the discovery has been published.