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A collective response is often good lab practices. While correct, it is important to differentiate between the regulatory term Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and the loosely applied terminology good lab practices. There are clearly laid out regulations issued by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) that give the requirements for compliance with GLP. Furthermore, a number of countries have incorporated these principles into their national legislation. 

The Good Laboratory Practice regulations are available on the National Accreditation Board - Malta (NAB - MALTA) website. Download the document. [PDF]

GLP is defined in the OECD Principles as 'a quality system concerned with the organisational process and the conditions under which non-clinical health and environmental safety studies are planned, performed, monitored, recorded, archived and reported.' The principles are intended for studies which are to be submitted to a national authority with the purpose of registering or licensing the tested substance or product derived from the study. The purpose of the Principles of GLP is to promote the development of quality test data and therefore ensures that the end product of research is reliable, traceable and verifiable. 

ISO17025 on the other hand is a form of accreditation aimed towards testing and calibration laboratories and is therefore intended for labs carrying out routine assays based on defined methodologies or offer calibration services.

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Whether or not you are considering to obtain accreditation and whether you run a research, testing or teaching lab, good lab practices in the general sense of the term are a must to ensure the running of a good lab. 

And what are these general good lab practices?

General good lab practices

RSSD offers support to labs across the University to implement and sustain good lab practices.

Should you think it is necessary for your lab to go the extra mile and achieve ISO accreditation contact us.

Last Updated: 13 June 2019

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