Companies have many reasons for working with a contract laboratory, from optimizing resources to time management to validating internal findings. There are several considerations in the process of choosing the right contract lab to serve as a supply chain partner, from a review of available tests and equipment to quality control (QC) considerations. Validating a lab—whether during an initial audit or for ongoing compliance—is another critical part of ensuring the partnership benefits both parties. This infographic covers some of the key steps in this process.
This infographic was excerpted from the “Selecting and Testing Your Contract Laboratory” workshop at SupplySide West 2017, from presentations given by John Atwater, Ph.D., USP; Tara Couch, Ph.D., EAS Consulting Group; Heather Neves Duncan-Fairman, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) DOCK Island Women Open Network; and Daniel Sliva, Ph.D., DSTest Laboratories.
For more info on contract laboratory issues, click the following links:
• Auditing a Contract Laboratory by Tara Couch, Ph.D.
• Contract Laboratory Partnerships (CLPs): The Choice Factor and ‘The 4 CLP Rules’ by Heather Fairman
• SupplySide West Podcast 55: Contract Lab Verification with Daniel Sliva, Ph.D.