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Feb 12

Quality, controlled, science for a safer world

M ToxicSpillReference materials are essential for the scientific community to perform vital research, enabling validation of a material’s quality, analytical measurement methods or for the precise calibration of instruments.

Of course, by their nature, some authentic and highly characterised materials are potentially hazardous to customers, but their sale and distribution takes place within a number of regulatory frameworks; governance mechanisms which safeguard markets and public health.

Why is it so important that reference materials for these types of substances are made available?

As Adrian Stavely, Business Manager of LGC Standards said, “Qualified and controlled supply of biomaterials to research laboratories enables the Scientific Community to develop vaccines for existing and emergent diseases – which ultimately leads to diagnostics, vaccines, therapies or cures to save at-risk populations.

“As you would expect, any biomaterial or virus reference materials cannot be bought ad hoc and we only provide materials to pre-vetted laboratories, following stringent, in-depth checks. Full controls on where the materials are distributed are part of the necessary protocols to ensure traceability and safety.”

United Nations regulations use a classification system in which each dangerous material is assigned a class, depending on the nature of the danger it presents. One such classification is infectious substances, those substances known or reasonably expected to contain pathogens which are defined as microorganisms (including bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, parasites, fungi), plasmids and other agents such as prions, which can cause disease in humans or animals.

The transport of these dangerous goods requires full and thorough co-ordination between the sender and the carrier of the goods, to ensure that the material is transported safely and in good condition.

As a company founded on the accuracy and precision of scientific data, the reliability and robustness of our methods and products are central to the service we provide. The methods and equipment used are rigorously validated to prove they are fit for purpose: all methods that fall under ISO accreditation, or GLP, GCP and cGMP compliance are required to meet exacting standards, and are subject to external inspection by the regulatory bodies.

In short, LGC uses science for a safer world.

LGC’s Standards division has a network of dedicated sales offices extending across 20 countries in 5 continents and more than 30 years experience in the distribution of reference materials. These high quality materials are essential for accurate analytical measurement and quality control, ensuring sound decisions are made based on reliable data. For more, please visit www.lgcstandards.com

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