Essential Good Laboratory Practice

The Essential Good Laboratory Practice course is part of the Essential Short Course Series™ and is held over a period of two days.

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts, definitions, regulations, Acts and requirements for Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). The focus of the course is on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) principles of GLP, which are recognised as the international standard for GLP. Individuals will be able to understand and apply the requirements of GLP for the effective operation of a laboratory.

The course was custom designed for individuals working in the science environment. The following individuals are recommended to attend:

  1. Laboratory Managers
  2. Supervisors
  3. Technicians
  4. Analysts
  5. Post graduate students

Course Programme

Introduction to good laboratory practice

  • What is GLP
  • The principles of GLP
  • Definitions of GCLP and GMP
  • The history of GLP
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • GLP in South Africa


  • Standard operating procedures
  • Results and reports
  • Literature management
  • Archive management
  • Document control

Requirements for facilities

  • Size
  • Construction

Requirements for equipment

  • Purchasing
  • Calibration
  • Maintenance

Test and reference items

  • Handling
  • Records
  • Storage
  • Transport

Occupational health and safety

  • Safety in the laboratory

The correct use of chemicals and reagents

  • Safety and storage

Waste disposal

  • Types of waste
  • Correct handling and disposal

Quality assurance programme

Legislation relating to GLP

This is a preliminary programme, and the sequence may change.