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Pipette calibration is important for good laboratory practice and is a vital part of any lab regime, where precise volumes of fluid need transferring or diluting.

Pipettes typically wear down or break each year, even with normal usage. The wear and tear can impact performance measurement, produce poor test results, delays, rework and waste. Breakdowns can be noticeable, but most are silent failures that are overlooked such as old sealing mechanisms, cracked shaft, corroded piston, and using the incorrect tip.

Can you remember the last time your equipment was inspected and serviced? You paid top dollar for your equipment, so don’t let the mass spectrometer lose its edge because it isn’t serviced often enough. Equipment inspections, calibration, maintenance and repair can be a costly expense.  In your fixed assets, the original purchase isn’t the only budget item, you should make sure to put the right amount of money aside.

Proper maintenance of equipment is of the utmost importance in any laboratory—contamination can stop a project in its tracks or invalidate lab results altogether. While maintenance is generally one of the most expensive operating costs in a laboratory’s budget, they are simply necessary for proper operation.

Listed here just a few ways to maintain lab equipment used for chemical storage, testing, and mixing.

You will not always be informed about an FDA inspection in advance, so you need to be fully prepared if you want to avoid those pesky warning letters and citations!  (Form 483).
The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has gotten more stringent with their acceptance criteria, especially when it comes to food and drug or medical device companies.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare: