The Significance of Accreditation in Comparison with GLP
More than twenty years ago, the expressed desire for a uniform standard for assessing the quality of investigations louder and louder. At first, this desire was embodied in the statutorily regulated area where, in the beginning, it was essentially restricted to a harmonization of procedures. Only by introducing GLP, was a general measure established which serves, independent of individual procedures, as a valuation basis for the quality of a laboratory. Since GLP has a very restricted application area, consequently, for the accreditation of all testing laboratories, a general measure was developed. In the following, GLP is first introduced, then similarities and also differences between GLP and accreditation will be elucidated and, in conclusion, future prospects and suggestions for further developments will be given.
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