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Reagent Preparation

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Given the number of reagents prepared in the laboratory and the importance of effective quality control procedures, laboratories may wish to include some instruction on preparation, documentation and quality control testing of reagents. Additionally, it is important to document specific storage conditions and expiration dates, as appropriate.

Methods employed by laboratories may differ with respect to the exact concentrations and/or volumes of reagents used, reagent container labeling procedures, and documentation. These should be addressed in the laboratory’s Quality Manual and procedures. Trainees should be familiar with their laboratory’s requirements for documentation, preparation, quality control, and use of both purchased and prepared reagents.

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NOTE TO USERS: The President’s DNA Initiative DNA Analyst Training program and assessment were completed and published in 2005, in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice. The science and techniques in the program are sound and proven, however, program content has not been updated to include tools and technologies developed and in use after 2005, including many kits and robots. Assessment questions address only content delivered in this program and may not contain the full range of tools in use in your laboratory.