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Quality and Risk Management in the IVF Laboratory


  • 55 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 240 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.387 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521049900)

This essential survival guide for successfully managing the modern-day IVF clinic condenses a wealth of expertise and experience from the authors in troubleshooting and implementing quality management in the IVF laboratory. With high-profile media coverage of mistakes at IVF clinics, and escalating regulatory scrutiny, there is increasing pressure for professional accreditation. Modern accreditation schemes, which are largely based on the principles of ISO 9001 and related standards, require Quality Systems. Yet quality management beyond basic assay quality control is often poorly understood by biomedical scientists outside clinical chemistry laboratories. Quality and risk management are thus becoming hot topics for those working in IVF clinics and this book brings together, for the first time in one place, the basics of these essential aspects of laboratory management. The focus on taking a holistic approach to 'prophylactic management' - prevention rather than cure - will be welcomed by all scientists working in IVF.

• Clearly explains and summarizes Quality Management and Risk Management systems for scientists working in IVF labs • Illustrated with some of the practical problems encountered in the IVF lab, and their resolution, elimination and avoidance in future • Provides a comprehensive description of the tools that scientists working in IVF labs need to create Quality Management and Risk Management systems


1. Introduction; 2. Regulation, licensing and accreditation; 3. Quality and quality management; 4. What is risk?; 5. Process and systems; 6. Making it work; 7. Quality and risk management tools; 8. What's gone wrong? Troubleshooting; 9. Risk management: being proactive; 10. How are we doing? Benchmarking; 11. Specifying systems; 12. Human resources: finding (and keeping) the right staff; 13. The well-run lab; 14. References and recommended reading; Index.


'The book is well-written, the layout is friendly and the signposting excellent. There are a generous amount of photographs, tables, figures and flowcharts, all of which make the book easy to read. … we recommend to the book to anyone concerned with quality improvement and risk management in IVF. Ideally, every unit should have a copy.' Human Fertility

'This is clearly written introduction … from authors with many years of experience in the speciality. They have succeeded in producing an account that is not only highly readable but also authoratitive and well referenced … this book will be very useful to IVF laboratory units embarking on developing a QMS and very worthwhile reading for every member of the team.' The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

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