Samples and Sampling Protocols for Scientific Investigations
The implementation of a quality assurance program in sampling and sampling protocols will give confidence on the validity of the results produced by a laboratory. Laboratory management should employ experienced personnel who, irrespective of other responsibilities would implement and maintain the system. Laboratory personnel should have adequate training and should be supervised by experienced persons. There is utmost need for all laboratory staff to appreciate the process of analysis and the importance of care at all stages, from sampling, through sample preparation, calibration to final measurement and reporting. This paper, therefore offers useful information on practical guidance on sampling protocols in line with best practice and international standards.
Keywords: Sampling, sampling protocols, chain of custody, analysis, documentation