FDA: Analytical Balance with Auto Calibration Needs External Check

Periodic Performance Checks of Your Analytical Balance Are Necessary for Optimal Performance

Periodic Performance Checks of Your Analytical Balance Are Necessary for Optimal Performance

This FDA advisory answers the question of depending on the built-in auto-calibration feature without external checks on performance.  The FDA advices against solely relying on the auto-calibrate feature and to verify the auto-calibrate function with external checks. The reason for this is while not spelt out in the Q&A is simple: When you are dealing with quantities that are a tenth of a milligram, even a minor error in your analytical balance can have drastic consequences.  The FDA recommends frequency of performance checks based on the degree of use.  And also recommends verification of the auto calibration mechanism at least once a year.

For further information visit www.fda.gov.

About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More