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Four Benefits to Outsourcing Your Histopathology: Maintaining GLP to Regulatory Compliance


The Histopathology industry is one that requires exacting study techniques and can suffer exponentially when not having enough capital expenditure. Studying disease and doing pre-clinical research means you have to set a high bar for your reputation, which could easily shatter with one mistake.
It's one reason so many biotech and pharmaceutical companies now outsource their in-house duties to prevent any potential disasters. Plus, when budgets stay tight, outsourcing eliminates having to hire new staff and fitting in training time.

Regardless, outsourcing goes far beyond this in saving time and money. What's important is to find an outsourcing team with maximized resources and proving productivity levels. The question is, where do you find one?

Fortunately, many companies outsource services for histology, as well as for the pharma industry, biotechnology, and academic institutions. We're one of them at HRSL, Inc. with a proven track record.

Let's look at four benefits to outsourcing your Histopathology and why it's going to uphold your reputation in a competitive industry.

  1. Improving Your Standard Operating Procedures

Trying to maintain your standard operating procedures (or SOPs) in your lab has likely become a major burden. Doing so means having to build up your quality assurance department, which takes considerable time and money. It's going to mean writing up multiple training manuals, equipment maintenance records, and editing regulatory compliance documents.

For the latter alone, you may not have the necessary resources available to scope out an error. Just one small mistake in your compliance documents could set off a wave of problems.

Following GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) guidelines from the FDA is already overwhelming enough to make sure tissues get processed accurately.

A quality lab outsourcing these processes for you removes any potential of gaffes. You'll expedite a study via staff proven in superior histotechnique.

  1. Faster Processing Times

When working with a sponsor, your client expects processing on tissue samples to get done by a certain date. If you extend this due to an overburdened staff, you're only going to increase pressures to get it done sooner. This is impossible to do while still assuring quality in the processing results.

An outsourced lab with streamlined resources makes sure your tissue sample tests work fast, efficiently, and accurately. Consider that outsourcing teams have vast experience doing lab work on a daily basis for numerous scientific communities. They know how to work fast and maintain quality without making critical errors due to strict timetables.

  1. Better Experience in Histology

Some of your newer lab technicians may not have enough working knowledge in histopathology to dare take on a tissue sample study. When you're doing studies, planning is essential, and you may not have time to verse newer employees in operating procedures.

You may have other duties in your lab, hence making the histology side vulnerable to violating GLP standards. Quality outsourcing brings considerable knowledge since time is always focused on studies and not attempting multitasking.

  1. Avoiding Compliance Delays

While we mentioned the potential of fines in compliance violations, consider the delays associated with this as well. When you find out you didn't adhere to specific regulations, it's going to take considerable time trying to locate where the mistake is.

Your error was perhaps in a training manual buried within thousands of pages. It could mean considerable downtime searching for the problem, then facing the financial downfalls. Downtime alone hurts your operating budget, as well as your reputation.

Since regulations constantly change, you can count on your outsourced lab team knowing the latest. No longer do you have to invest in internal regulatory compliance monitoring to assure nothing goes wrong. 

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