25 years of Good Laboratory Practice at the CRA-W: quality at the service of our partners
In order to authorise the placing of a new pesticide (phytopharmaceutical product or biocide) on the market in Europe and elsewhere, studies must comply with a quality standard: that of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
The principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) constitute a system that guarantees organisational and operational quality in laboratories (called "test facilities") that perform non-clinical safety tests on chemicals.
In order to meet these stringent requirements and provide study reports for the introduction of a dossier for new certification, the CRA-W has been developing recognised skills and expertise in the field of pesticides since 1994.
The purpose of GLP is to guarantee the quality, reproducibility and integrity of data generated for regulatory purposes. The studies are essentially based on the principle of traceability and rigour. They are internationally recognised and, among other things, make it possible to limit the repetition of equivalent studies.
In terms of content, all activities of the test facility are defined and described in current procedures. These must be observed by staff and cover the following areas: organisation and personnel, quality assurance programme, facilities, apparatus, materials and reagents, test systems, test and reference items, standard operating procedures, performance of the study, reporting of study results and archiving.
Our teams conduct over 150 GLP studies each year, thus providing results for the analysis of physico-chemical properties, long-term stability studies, residues in foodstuffs, and eco-toxicological studies on a whole range of products under development.