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New conference stream for L.A.B. event

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A new conference stream on ‘Laboratory equipment validation’ has been added to the L.A.B. event, to be held in London on 2–4 October 2007. The discussions will concentrate on how scientists can ensure reliable results, and will raise many questions about laboratory procedures.

The conference stream will take place on the first day of the conference, and it will be chaired by Penelope Bearne, chairman of the British Association of Research Quality Assurance.

From establishing operational qualification (OQ) and installation qualification (IQ), the conference will examine issues raised by ISO 17025: Testing & Calibration Laboratory Requirements (formerly known as ISO 9002 Guide 25), featuring presentations from industry specialists which will facilitate discussion from an expected audience of about 250 people.

Penelope Bearne comments: ‘We are going to see the key issues in this area discussed by some of the most experienced people in the industry during the day, and we aim to move some important debates forward.’

In addition, the conference will look at the roles and responsibilities of vendors and laboratories in the validation process, how to design effective protocols and how to maintain validation throughout the lifecycle of research.