Useful Links

United Kingdom

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) http://www.mhra.gov.uk

The Environment Agency http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

Trading Standards Institute http://www.tradingstandards.uk/

Health and Safety Executive http://www.hse.gov.uk/

The National Archives http://www.legislation.gov.uk

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing http://www.bindt.org/

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service http://www.ukas.com/

Clinical Pathology Accreditation http://www.cpa-uk.co.uk/

Laboratory Accreditation Bureau http://www.l-a-b.com

International

U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) http://www.fda.gov/

World Health Organisation http://www.who.int/en/

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation http://www.a2la.org

National Institute of Standards and Technology http://www.nist.gov

European co-operation for Accreditation http://www.european-accreditation.org

Articles

Choosing a Suitable Laboratory Equipment Supplier

October 5th 2015

Purchasing new equipment can a big decision for any laboratory. Companies need to weigh up all the options, and think about not only the initial cost but the long term expected return on investment. With so many suppliers out there, you need to make sure you choose the right one.…

5 Design Considerations for New Laboratories

September 29th 2015

While every laboratory is different, there are a few important design principles common to each. Here we take a look at 5 of the most important for a successful working space.…

New Product Development – Do’s & Don’ts

June 2nd 2015

Given that 90% of new product launches fail - it goes without saying that launching a new product carries a significant amount of risk. Here are some points to remember and help put you in the 10% success bracket.…

Elemental Impurity Analysis in Pharmaceuticals

April 3rd 2014

A method to identify the presence of heavy metals in pharmaceuticals was introduced in the United States Pharmacopoeia more than 100 years ago. Today pharmaceutical companies are still using essentially the same method, the USP <231> Heavy Metals Limit Test. This paper will give an overview of the current method limitations, considerations for the new methodology and the risk-based assessments being carried out by manufacturers.…

How Do You Choose the Right Contract Lab?

July 18th 2013

A couple of years ago, I had to choose a new firm of lawyers, as our previous lawyer, a one-man band, was retiring. We don’t use lawyers a lot, but there are times when they are very useful. It was easy enough to make a short list of firms of the right size, offering the kind of legal services that we needed. But how could I choose between the different firms, when what I know about law can fit neatly on to the back of a postage stamp? The same dilemma can face companies when looking for a contract lab. True, most users of contract labs will know more about analysis and stability than I do about law, but most buyers of lab services will know less than the people they are buying from. …

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