Issued October 2007
Some Transfusion Laboratories operate within facilities where a PFI company own all laboratory equipment, and provide a managed maintenance service. In such circumstances, senior laboratory staff must have sight of (and input into) equipment maintenance and calibration specifications (e.g. scope of work), and associated tolerances. They must also be able to see all Field Engineer reports, to be able to check these against the maintenance specification to ensure that all work is complete and satisfactory. The equipment can then be returned to use in accordance with a defined procedure for post-maintenance cleaning and checks.
While it is acceptable for Laboratory staff to delegate or contract-out the task of equipment maintenance to an external company, the responsibility for ensuring that equipment is maintained and calibrated to a standard which ensures it is fit for purpose remains with senior Laboratory personnel.