Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Criteria to keep in mind while choosing a Lab

Diagnostic Labs are growing and increasing in number and sometimes it becomes difficult to identify what aspects of a lab we should consider while choosing one. Different advertisements and technical aspects provoke us to go forward in choosing a lab. But what should our major concentrations focus on?

1. Fully Automated process (to avoid man made errors)

A Lab that is fully automated and mechanized is considered to provide more accurate and error free results. The testing of samples can be specific and detailed. And this also helps to reduce man-made errors that may otherwise occur.

2. Lab should have a resident subject expert- Technically qualified

Resident subject experts refer to those who are technically qualified to advice and correct mechanical errors, if any. In this way, the quality of the lab’s output is not disturbed and results will be as qualified as of the automated ones.

3. NABL Accreditation- National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories

Accreditation assists the Indian industries to enhance the quality and reliability of Indian goods in the domestic market and exports, thereby, catalysis the growth of Indian economy. WTO has identified non-acceptance of test results and measurement data as Technical Barrier to Trade (TBT) and accreditation is considered to be the first essential step towards removing such technical barriers. NABL provides accreditation in all major fields of Science and Engineering such as Biological, Chemical, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Fluid-Flow, Non-Destructive, Photometry, Radiological, Thermal & Forensics under testing facilities and Electro-Technical, Mechanical, Fluid Flow, Thermal, Optical & Radiological under Calibration facilities. NABL also offers accreditation for medical testing laboratories.

4. Online Result Availability

Customers must be able to avail results online. In this way, people who are not able to come till the lab again can get their results in the electronic format, either through e-mails, mobile messages, or online checking of results and reports. This makes convenience for the customers.

5. Empanelled Doctors

The opinion and direction of doctors and standards followed around the world must be applicable in a lab you choose to diagnose yourself. These standards will help recognize the quality of the lab. These are the criteria that one must keep in mind while selecting a lab for their diagnosis. The lab with the above mentioned criteria would probably give you the most accurate results possible.

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