Maximising robustness and reproducibility in research


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Non-Members: $1,353.00 (including 10 % tax)

Members: $1210.00 (including 10% tax)

Length: 2 days

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There have been ongoing discussions regarding the lack of reproducibility of research results globally, and the need to maximise Australia’s strengths in the reliability and reproducibility of research outcomes.

Whilst there are many reasons why research results may be difficult to reproduce, the introduction of a quality management system could assist with increasing the ‘quality’ of the research activities being undertaken and be helpful to the translation of research.

Additionally, the introduction of a quality management system:

  • provides a means for assuring stakeholders of the competence and capability of research laboratories, the robustness of research activities and the integrity of data supporting research conclusions; and
  • is a vehicle for establishing a high level of trust and confidence in research outputs with supporters of research work (such as collaborators and funding bodies) and provides assurance in the effective use of funding.

This course explores the practicalities of implementing a quality management system in research and thereby developing a process for maximising the robustness and reproducibility of research that best suits scientific and industry needs, without hindering or constraining the freedom and direction of research.


This course would be valuable for researchers, research managers, stakeholders, regulators and funders of research.

Attendees will be engaged in an interactive learning environment and guided through a range of learning activities.

The course will focus on:

  • An overview of standards, guidelines and regulations
  • Quality concepts and objectives
  • A process approach which best suits scientific and business needs
    Documentation management
    Forms and records
    Quality Manual
  • People management
    Protecting the integrity of the research
    Defining responsibilities
    Staff competence
  • External relationships
    Service to the customer / stakeholder / regulator
  • Accommodation and the research environment
    Enabling the proper conduct of research
  • Procedures and processes
    Sample handling and disposal
    Equipment management
    Calibration and traceability
    Assuring the quality of research results
  • Outcomes

  • Management system maintenance
    Document control
    Internal Audits
    Controlling nonconformities and reducing risk
    Management reviews

Any enquiries regarding this course should be directed to Jenny Pyke at