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Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues for Forensic Analysts

Reagent Preparation

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Given the number of reagents prepared in the laboratory and the importance of effective quality control procedures, laboratories may wish to include some instruction on preparation, documentation, and quality control testing of reagents. Additionally, it is important to document specific storage conditions and expiration dates, as appropriate.

Methods employed by laboratories may differ with respect to the exact concentrations and/or volumes of reagents used, reagent container labeling procedures, and documentation. These should be addressed in the laboratory's Quality Manual and procedures. Trainees should be familiar with their laboratory's requirements for documentation, preparation, quality control, and use of both purchased and prepared reagents.

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