Identify potential conflicts of interest for every staff member


Financial, political or personal considerations should not influence the quality of the work of staff members.


For each staff member the laboratory manager must investigate if there are potential conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest could be defined (in this context) as a staff member having multiple, competing interests. E.g.: he/she could exploit a professional activity in some way that it has a personal benefit.

Example of a conflict of interest:
A staff member works at a public laboratory in the morning but in a private laboratory in the afternoon where he/she may receive a higher salary. This staff member could encourage clients to go to the private laboratory instead of the public laboratory to ensure the availability of work for him/her in the private laboratory.

How & who

Laboratory Manager:

  1. Assess, based on the laboratory employee's background, CV and daily tasks in your laboratory if there could be a conflict of interest.
  2. If a potential conflict is identified, discuss this with the staff member and find a solution.
  3. Document the conflict and how it was solved and store this in the personnel file of that staff member.

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ISO15189:2007: 4.1.4 4.1.5 C10.3
ISO15189:2012: C10.3