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Good Laboratory Practices

What are the best practices for running and managing a laboratory?  

Here, we present two formats as guides. The first format is a manual: Good Laboratory Management: Training Manual for Trainers. This manual provides a step-by-step guide for a five-day training course that includes the set of presentations provided in the following section. 

The second format is a series of 10 short videos from a working lab at the University of Florida. Richard Fethiere is a lab manager and the instructor for this course. He will demonstrate essential elements of the laboratory and guiding principles for management.  

Where to start?  

Students and those new to laboratory settings may wish to begin with the videos. The first video provides an introduction, while the following videos may be viewed in any order. Collectively, they offer a "Laboratory 101" overview.  

Teachers and laboratory managers can use the manual and the presentations to prepare for classes or an introductory course. Click here for additional information about the manual.

For related resources and support, visit the LSIL Academy.  


 Introduction to Good Lab Practices

 Master Schedule and Personnel

 Barrier Systems and Alternatives
 GLP Documentation

 GLP Study Protocols Pt I

 GLP Study Protocols Pt II
 GLP Study Protocols Pt III
Ethics and Rights

 Raw Data Collection

 Final Reporting and Archiving

 Laboratory Management

Sample Intake Processing
Lab Safety and Equipment Maintenance
Personal Protective Equipment  
Role of Lab Administrators


Supplementary Materials: Videos

These videos support the training manual for trainers: Good Laboratory Management. They are designed as a complement to the introductory course in Good Laboratory Management Practices. 

Introduction to Good Lab Management

Laboratory Tour


Standard Operating Procedures


The Role of Administrators


Buildings and Lab Design


Equipment Maintenance


Data Management


Lab Safety


Personal Protective Equipment


Safety Documentation and Equipment

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is part of Feed the Future

This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation OPP#060115.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.