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Study Notes: Condition of Received Goods

The quality of received goods can be compromised in many ways. In this Study Notes we will look specifically at the condition of the goods received because this reflects directly on the ability of the goods to perform the tasks required of them in the laboratory in an accurate and precise manner.

There are many factors that relate to the quality of goods received and some of them are listed below. All of these factors should be checked as soon as possible after arrival of the goods. The supplier should be contacted if there are any deficiencies in the quality of the goods received and the laboratory staff and office staff may also need to be advised. Image of a package that looks as if it has been dropped and is leaking.
  • Outer Packaging:
    • intact and undamaged
    • no evidence of stains
    • seals intact
    • not leaking
    • no evidence of tampering
    • no evidence of contamination.

  • Individual Containers:
    • intact and undamaged
    • glassware intact
    • no evidence of stains
    • seals intact
    • not leaking
    • no evidence of tampering
    • no evidence of contamination
    • labels intact.
  • Transport:
    • correct temperature
    • correct time
    • correct pressure (if appropriate)
    • correct transport containers, especially protective measures
    • correct paperwork.
  • Equipment:
    • intact and undamaged
    • no evidence of tampering
    • no evidence of contamination
    • all parts present
    • all documentation present
    • operational.
  • Follow Up Actions:
    • Put a received date on each container
    • Process paperwork according to enterprise requirements
    • Advise appropriate office and laboratory staff of arrival of goods
    • Store goods in the appropriate manner (temperature, location etc).
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