Sue Lee of World Courier (UK) Ltd examines the issues of risk. Risk is a part of life, and will never go away, as we might tell the small child finding out what happens if he sticks his fingers into the electric socket. However, we should remember that if companies decided to take no risks at all then the world of commerce would grind to a halt. It is possible to circumvent almost anything if you are prepared to spend a great deal of money on shipping, chartering flights, driving to the other side of Europe, using hand-carriers and flying people to remote destinations, but these are normally extreme measures. Perfection can be achieved but is a very expensive commodity, and so a balance must be struck. We should consider the advice of General Patton, who said: “Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.”
Tim Stiles, Director of Qualogy Ltd, introduces Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP). GCLP is a quality system for laboratories designed to provide a strong framework to those individuals and organisations that undertake the analyses of samples from clinical trials, specifically on the facilities, systems and procedures that should be present to assure the quality, reliability and integrity of the work and results generated during the organisation’s/individual’s particular contribution to a clinical trial.