Environmental Laboratory Audit and Procurement Programs
MCGI is committed to
obtaining high quality analytical services, as specified by the
client, in a cost effective, timely, and compliant manner. We
provide procurement and audit assistance to all our clients to best
meet their needs in accomplishing their project goals and mission.
firms, often, do not have complete understanding and knowledge of
analytical laboratories and what is involved in the analytical
procedures. That is where MCGIís experienced and knowledgeable
chemists come in to provide professional laboratory evaluation and
procurement to our clients.
If your company requires
laboratory auditing as part of it's qualification or for specific
project, identifying and selecting the qualified laboratory, or
laboratories, should be of the highest priority. Selecting a
quality laboratory helps prevent costly re-sampling and re-analysis
due to poor quality of analytical data.
A typical Laboratory
Audit consists of review and evaluation of several items listed
below. However, a laboratory audit checklist could be developed and
customized for a specific projectís requirements and clientís needs.
Items to be reviewed and
evaluated during Laboratory Audit Program:
- Laboratory's facility,
regulatory history and financial stability
accreditations, registrations, licenses, certifications, and
Performance Evaluation (PE) sample analyses.
- Active laboratory
quality assurance program, laboratory quality manuals, laboratory
quality policies and laboratory quality procedures.
- Whether the laboratory
is following all contractual commitments previously made?
- Laboratory Standard
Operating Procedures and assess whether the laboratory is following
the Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures?
- Adequacy of the
Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures. Do these meet regulatory
requirements or your firm's standards?
Laboratory's test sample
handling procedures. Are the incoming laboratory samples properly
identified and stored to prevent laboratory sample mix-ups and to
maintain the integrity of the laboratory test samples, including
chain of custody (CoC)?
cleanliness and organization. Could deficiencies or lack of
organization lead to physical or microbial contamination of
laboratory samples, laboratory sample mix-up or loss of integrity of
the laboratory testing samples?
- Experience and
knowledge of the laboratory management and laboratory staff. Is
there on-going laboratory training and continuing education?
- Laboratory's handling
of laboratory test samples during the analysis procedures.
instrumentation and laboratory equipment. Is the laboratory
instrumentation and laboratory equipment adequately used, qualified,
validated, maintained and calibrated?
- The laboratory's
performance of laboratory testing. Is the laboratory properly
validating any laboratory testing methods and correctly performing
the laboratory testing, analysis, experimentation or research?
- The laboratory's
handling of any out of specification results ( OOS ) and any
laboratory investigations and corrective actions.
- Laboratory data
reduction, validation and reporting.
- Review any noted
deficiencies found during the laboratory audit with the laboratory
- Evaluate the
deficiencies found during the laboratory audit and determine whether
the laboratory is an acceptable vendor.
MCGI can also develop
and evaluate Performance Evaluation (PE) sample programs to support
the laboratory audit and any project specific needs.
MCGI will develop and
prepare specification for analytical bids; Solicit proposal from
qualified laboratories; Evaluate cost proposals provided by
laboratories; Then consult with the client in order to make the
After selecting the
laboratory, MCGI can place sample container orders with the
laboratory; Schedule analyses; Track the progress of sample analyses
and assist in the resolution of problems that might arise during the
analyses; Review all laboratory final reports and data package for
compliance and completeness; Review and approve laboratory invoices
before submitting it to the client for final approval.
As we try to protect our
clientís interest and meet the projectís objectives, over the years
and through working with various laboratories on several projects,
MCGI has carefully developed a professional business relationship
with several laboratories which benefits our clientís interest.
MCGI only solicits laboratories that have been audited by our team
within the last twelve (12) months, unless recommended otherwise by
With MCGI on the
project, decisions are made with an understanding of scientific
issues and the legal implications of every technical decision.
We look forward to the
privilege of serving your project needs.