Legal Concerns and Risk Management

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Legal Concerns and Risk Management

Some laboratory professionals may feel overwhelmed with the many rules and regulations that seem to govern and complicate their professional lives. As U.S. laws become more complex, many laboratory directors look to attorneys for interpretations. Though this is not necessarily a bad response, it should not be the only response. Since statutes and regulations are so entwined in their daily work, laboratory professionals need to be better informed about the legal system, principally to acquire an understanding of the laboratory professionals' responsibilities and obligations under that system.
The resource that is included on this page discusses various categories of U.S. law and may be of interest to those who want to increase their understanding of the basic principles of the legal system in the United States relevant to their laboratory profession and practices.