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Quality and Risk Management in the IVF Laboratory
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  • 55 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 238 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 362.198/1780599
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: RG135 .M67 2005
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Fertility clinics--Quality control
    • Fertility clinics--Risk management
    • Fertilization in vitro, Human--Standards
    • Fertilization in Vitro--standards
    • Laboratory Techniques and Procedures--standards

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521843492 | ISBN-10: 0521843499)

  • There was also a Paperback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published November 2004

Replaced by 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.


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 chapters are well written and provide easily understandable examples." Journal of Andrology

"This is a really good book for learning about laboratory management. It is also a 'must have' for IVF laboratories." Doody's Review ServiceG

"The book is well-written, the layout is friendly and the signposting excellent...we recommend the book to anyone concerned with quality improvement and risk management in IVF. Ideally, every unit should have a copy." - Human Fertility, Luciano Nardo and Leroy Edozien, St. Mary's Hospital, Manchester

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