The equipment is the most valuable asset in a laboratory.
Therefore, keep the equipment in good condition is essential to maintain laboratory quality and results. Understanding calibration, how it works, and why it is so important will help you run a lab with more precision and accuracy.
What is calibration?
Calibration is the act of checking and adjusting the precision and accuracy of an instrument. Deviations are compared with another device or with a measurement standard. These possible deviations are documented and readjusted if necessary.
Calibration is an important part of a laboratory with an implemented quality system and must be performed according to a previously defined standard operating procedure.
Avoid deviations – It is well known that all meters begin to deviate over time. Although the latest generation devices are better, they also tend to drift after a while.
Safety – Hazardous materials are processed in many laboratories. Having inaccurate data can put staff at risk. Calibration provides accuracy while keeping everyone safe.
Certification – Periodic calibration complies with various regulations and quality standards of a company. Although the company does not have a quality system, its customers usually do.