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Good Lab Practice and Why It’s So Important

15 March 2018

Good laboratory practice is paramount for UK labs – as stringent adherence to regulation ensures licence renewal, optimum results and staff satisfaction. Here we explore the relevance and importance of good lab practice and explain how Johnsons lab services can help.

What does good lab practice involve?

The term ‘good lab practice’ serves as an umbrella for an extensive range of disciplines and requirements that ensure the safe and smooth running of a laboratory environment. Indeed without a good lab practice policy laboratories simply can’t function, as licencing and permissions greatly depend on it. Government guidelines state that any facility conducting safety tests on medicines, chemicals, cosmetics, foodstuffs or biocides must be a member of the UK GLP, its laboratory compliance monitoring programme. Therefore when inspections are carried out on an annual basis labs are expected to meet a stringent set of requirements and regulations.

Why is good lab practice important?

The importance of good laboratory practice can be defined by the consideration of three principle elements – safety, ethics and management. For a successful lab operation staff and visitors must be safe. Practices must be ethical. Management must be well organised and comprehensive. When panning out a little to take in the wider picture it’s clear to see why compliance is key. Good lab practice prevents isolated internal incidents that could have catastrophic implications outside the four walls of the facility, such as cross-contamination, chemical leaks and infection.

A simpler, safer way to ensure good lab practice at all times

At Johnsons we take good lab practice, safety and compliance incredibly seriously. We understand that when labs work with us, we are by default an extension of their operations, therefore our knowledge and the quality of our services is a reflection of their wider function. For this reason we go the extra mile for our clients, providing a dangerous goods safety advisor as standard who will advise on advise on the classification, packing, handling, labelling, and transportation of hazardous materials.

Planning an upcoming laboratory move? Need to ensure full compliance and good lab practice throughout? Get in touch today to learn more about our specialist lab services.


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