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Managing Laboratory Support Equipment - Calibration, Verification, and Maintenance


Course Description:

Most laboratories have more balances, ovens, water baths, and thermometers than they do GC/MS systems, yet comparatively little attention is paid to the calibration, verification, and maintenance of support equipment as opposed to analytical equipment. At the end of the day, however, the accuracy of your analytical result may depend more on your pipette than your triple-quad. This course will teach you everything you need to know to keep your support equipment within specifications and working as designed. 

Understand how to establish a support equipment maintenance program. Know how to document support equipment maintenance. Understanding how to address requirements vs. recommendations.

Basic overview of support equipment lifecycle and basic reliability operational assessment. How to determine whether the equipment is healthy-reliable. 

Understand the impact on final results when support equipment does not meet specifications. 

Expected benefit of training?
Support equipment verification and maintenance can become unwieldy if not organized, planned, and kept up to date. Most questions asked during an assessment is concerned with support equipment. There are many different ways to conform to the standards and regulations, this webinar will include myriad examples.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what qualifies as support equipment (V1M2 – Section 
  • Understand how to uniquely identify or name support equipment. 
  • Understand how often support equipment must be verified. 
  • Understand how often support equipment must be calibrated. 
  • Understand the difference between verification and calibration. 
  • Understand when/whether brand new equipment should be verified/calibrated. 
  • Understand how to appropriately document verification/calibration. 
  • Understand how to document daily checks of support equipment. 
  • Know what traceability means, and how the concept applies to the environmental laboratory. 
  • Learn the distinction between reference standards and reference materials. 
  • Learn tips and techniques for performing verifications/calibrations in-house. 
  • Understand the microbiology-specific support equipment requirements (V1M5 Section

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for Accreditation Bodies, Assessors, Internal Auditors, Quality Managers, Analysts, and Laboratory Managers.

$110 for TNI members
$125 for non-members

Group rates are available: Each purchased webcast is to be viewed by only one student. If you would like multiple viewers, separate purchases must be made. A group rate of $525 for TNI members or $600 for non-members is available for groups of 5-10 students at a single location. Click here to purchase this webcast at the group rate.

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No certificates are automatically provided with this training. A Certificate of Completion (CoC) ($30 per person) or Certificate of Attendance (CoA) ($20 per person) may be purchased during registration or webcast purchase. A passing score of at least 70% must be received on the exam in order to receive CEUs and a CoC. Scores of less than 70% will receive a CoA at no reduced fee. To receive your certificate, contact Paul Junio at with date of purchase and date of training completion. See FAQs for additional information.


About Webcasts: Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive a special link by e-mail to watch the webcast on your computer. The link is time-limited: you will have full access to the webcast and any associated handouts for 6 months after receipt of payment, at which time the link will expire. Webcasts cannot be downloaded; they are intended for viewing on your computer only during the 6-month window. If you have any questions, please contact Ilona Taunton at

5 hours

CEUs: 0.5

Presented By:

Tony Francis

About the Presenter:

Tony Francis received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Utah followed by a post-doctoral appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He then owned and operated a commercial laboratory in Las Vegas, NV for many years. Dr. Francis has taught several introductory and advanced biology and chemistry at Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico, the College of Southern Nevada, and Utah Valley University. He has delivered many Data Integrity and Ethics training courses to laboratories across the United States. He has created and delivered many online training webinars covering many aspects of quality systems, most recently for IAS.Tony is currently the Lead Assessor for SAW Environmental performing 40+ assessments per year for TCEQ, FDOH, IAS, and A2LA.