RE: Throwing Out Antibodies
You need to set up a validation system in which you show that an antibody
still works. Keep records of use, and for those that are not used much do a
test runs to validate their viability. Keep references as to the run and the
slide stained to show inspectors. Then give the antibody an extended
expiration date, say 6 months, or other time period depending on your
experience with it's longevity. You could do this with your present old
antibodies. Just take them out of service and then do validation runs at
Tim Morken EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Infectious Disease Pathology
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
From: William Wallace [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2001 6:15 PM
Subject: Throwing Out Antibodies
I am a Long-time reader, first time questioner.
With a CAP inspection coming up, I am faced with throwing out a significant
amount of expired or soon-to-expire primary antibodies that I have inherited
from the previous lab manager. I hate to throw out such valuable stuff.
How can I prevent such waste in the future?
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