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Practical Laboratory Andrology

Quality and Risk Management in the IVF Laboratory

Written by Dr David Mortimer and Dr Sharon T. Mortimer

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.  Quality and risk management are thus becoming hot topics.  The book’s focus on taking a holistic approach to ‘prophylactic management’ – prevention rather than cure – will be welcomed by all scientists working in IVF.


•    Clearly explains and summarizes Quality Management and Risk Management systems for scientists working in IVF labs.
•    Illustrated with some of the practical problems encountered in the IVF lab, and their resolution, elimination and avoidance in future.
•    Provides a comprehensive description of the tools that scientists working in IVF labs need to create Quality Management and Risk Management systems.


 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
15.     Index

2004      238pp         55 illustrations
Hardback   978 0 521 843492
ISBN  0-521-84349-9


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