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Sourcing specialist medical and laboratory equipment – what you need to know

9 July 2018

When sourcing specialist medical and laboratory equipment it can be easy to quickly become overwhelmed and confused by the sheer amount of choice on the market. Even for seasoned professionals and senior laboratory staff the quickly moving nature of technology and wealth of options on offer can throw up some tricky decisions. Lab equipment is rarely cheap so it’s important to get this right – adding pressure to the process. Here we share expert insights to bear in mind when finding and purchasing specialist medical and laboratory equipment.

Note individual merits of each option to avoid overwhelm

Different types and brands of specialist laboratory equipment have varying benefits and downsides. Taking in the product offering on the market in its entirety and selecting pros and cons from each based on your individual requirements should help you come to a sound decision. Request realistic reviews and testimonials from fellow laboratories in similar sectors or manufacturers to gain an accurate view of how the equipment could positively impact upon the work that you do.

Find reputable, reliable suppliers

Carefully research both the companies that manufacture the equipment and suppliers to learn more about what they offer. You need a reputable company offering genuine, high quality equipment that is carefully sourced. Some retailers offer assembly, transportation and aftercare support – others don’t. This could guide your decision and save you time and money in the long-term.  

Consider second-hand options

Some second-hand specialist medical equipment has only been used a handful of times and has been incredibly well looked after. Some have been fully reconditioned or repurposed. This offers a cost-effective and savvy option – ideal for equipment that is only going to be a short-term fixture in the lab, or will rarely be used.


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