Reagents are considered ‘critical’ if their variation can have a significant effect on the assay outcome. Critical reagents are one of the most expensive parts of a screening process so it is essential they are managed optimally.
Critical reagents are very varied and often have a limited lifetime. They include binding proteins, aptamers, antibodies or conjugated antibodies, positive and negative controls, or reference standards.
Mosaic software is ideally suited to critical reagent management. It accurately tracks all sample types throughout their lifetime, including lot parentage, freeze/thaw cycles, expiry dates, stock levels and disposal, plus automatic inventory updates – all backed by a full audit trail.
Our application note discusses the lifecycle management procedures needed to ensure consistency between original and new batches of critical reagents and how to implement them.