Published on: January 13, 2022
This article looks at some of the reasons for, and patterns behind, laboratory errors. The article represents a brief look into the subject area, drawing on some of the issues that the author is aware of. Generally, laboratory errors should not be categorized as "human error" since these are not the problem but generally a symptom of a system or facility or operation. By delving deeper into the nature of the event (using techniques to get to the real cause of the problem) more meaningful CAPAs can be developed, CAPAs with a stronger chance of remedying the problems first time. Hence an important focus is to seek a significant reduction of repeat observations. This should lead to improved laboratory efficiency supported by right first-time testing and control.