Bacterial Endotoxin Testing (BET) Workshop
Associates of Cape Cod, Inc. offers training courses on all aspects of endotoxin testing. Courses are conducted at our facility on Cape Cod as well as other locations throughout the United States and Canada. In order to achieve the level of training that you require, you may choose from several courses. We offer background and in-depth courses, as well as hands-on laboratory experience.
LAL Methodology and Background
This course is designed to introduce LAL methodologies to technicians who are new to LAL testing. Topics include:
- Endotoxins — What they are, where they come from, and why they are important.
- LAL — An overview of the LAL/endotoxin reaction, with emphasis on sources of interference.
- Detailed demonstration of the test methods including a discussion of laboratory set-up, materials, and aseptic techniques.
- Specimen handling and preparation for test.
- Practical approaches to specimen characterization.
- Technician and laboratory certifications and protocols for validation of the LAL test.
This course is designed to provide the experienced technician with a more detailed understanding of how an LAL testing program can be applied to quality control.
- Techniques to test non-aqueous or highly interfering substances.
- (1→3)-ß-D-Glucan issues; contamination, recognition, and investigation
- Medical device sample preparation and validation of extraction protocols.
- Regulatory considerations and documentation.
Laboratory courses for photometric and gel-glot methods are designed to enable the attendee to have hands-on experience conducting LAL tests. Participants will practice setting up tests and will learn to read and interpret results. Completion of the LAL Methodology Background course is strongly recommended before taking either laboratory course. Familiarity with general laboratory techniques is very useful.
Laboratory courses will be on gel-clot and the photometric (turbidimetric and chromogenic) methods.
Our course instructors are experienced professionals with expertise in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, biochemical engineering, physiology, zoology, microbiology and immunology. They have over 55 years of combined experience in LAL methodology. With a hands-on, enthusiastic approach to teaching, participants are sure to increase their knowledge in all aspects of LAL testing methodologies.
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