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Quality documentation challenges for veterinary clinical pathology laboratories.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18460611     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
An increasing number of veterinary laboratories worldwide have obtained or are seeking certification based on international standards, such as the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission 17025. Compliance with any certification standard or quality management system requires quality documentation, an activity that may present several unique challenges in the case of veterinary laboratories. Research specifically addressing quality documentation is conspicuously absent in the veterinary literature. This article provides an overview of the quality system documentation needed to comply with a quality management system with an emphasis on preparing written standard operating procedures specific for veterinary laboratories. In addition, the quality documentation challenges that are unique to veterinary clinical pathology laboratories are critically evaluated against the existing quality standards and discussed with respect to possible solutions and/or recommended courses of action. Documentation challenges include the establishment of quality requirements for veterinary tests, the use or modification of human analytic methods for animal samples, the limited availability of quality control materials satisfactory for veterinary clinical pathology laboratories, the limited availability of veterinary proficiency programs, and the complications in establishing species-specific reference intervals.
Authors:
Federico Sacchini; Kathleen P Freeman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of veterinary diagnostic investigation : official publication of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Inc     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1040-6387     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vet. Diagn. Invest.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-07     Completed Date:  2008-10-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9011490     Medline TA:  J Vet Diagn Invest     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  266-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
IDEXX Laboratories, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, UK. federico-sacchini@idexx.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Accreditation / standards
Animals
Documentation / standards*
Guideline Adherence
Laboratories / standards*
Pathology, Clinical / standards*
Professional Competence
Quality Control
Veterinary Medicine / standards*

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