In this 2017 paper published in the Journal of Biological Engineering, Riley et al. of Northwestern University describe their experience with implementing the LabArchives cloud-based electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) in their bioprocess engineering laboratory course. The ultimate goal was to train students to use the ELN during the course, meanwhile promoting proper electronic record keeping practices, including good documentation practices and data integrity practices. They concluded that not only was the ELN training successful and useful but also that through the use of the ELN and its audit trail features, "a true historical record of the lab course" could be maintained so as to improve future attempts to integrate the ELN into laboratory training.
In this 2017 paper by Plebani and Sciacovelli of the University Hospital of Padova, the duo offer their insights into the benefits and challenges of a clinical laboratory getting ISO 15189 accredited. Noting that in the European theater "major differences affect the approaches to accreditation promoted by the national bodies," the authors discuss the quality management approach that ISO 15189 prescribes and why its worth following. The conclude that while laboratories can realize "world-class quality and the need for a rigorous process of quality assurance," it still requires a high level of awareness among staff of the importance of ISO 15189 accreditation, an internal assessment plan, and well-defined, "suitable and user-friendly operating procedures."
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