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Journal of Automated Methods and Management in Chemistry - Volume 2006 2006, Article ID 74907, 4 pages

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Received 18 September 2005; Revised 17 January 2006; Accepted 18 January 2006

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A chain of custody COC is required in many laboratories that handle forensics, drugs of abuse, environmental, clinical, and DNAtesting, as well as other laboratories that want to assure reliability of reported results. Maintaining a dependable COC canbe laborious, but with the recent establishment of the criteria for electronic records and signatures by US regulatory agencies,laboratory information management systems LIMSs are now being developed to fully automate COCs. The extent of automation and ofdata reliability can vary, and FDA- and EPA-compliant electronic signatures and system security are rare.

Author: J. J. Tomlinson, W. Elliott-Smith, and T. Radosta



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