ADMINISTRATION OF A BIOASSAY PROGRAM
Administering a bioassay program requires that the policies, procedures, materials, support
facilities, and staff be in place to enable a bioassay program to commence. Among the
administrative items to address are the following:
-- Management policy requiring participation in bioassay program by appropriate workers
(may be part of an overall radiation protection policy)
-- implementing procedures (e.g., criteria for who should participate, scheduling, sample
kit instructions, sample kit issue/receipt, follow-up to unsuccessful sample or
measurement attempts, data-handling)
-- arrangements with appropriate analytical laboratories, including specifications of
analysis sensitivity, processing times, reporting requirements, and quality assurance
-- onsite support facilities (e.g., sample kit storage locations, sample kit issue/collection
stations, measurement laboratory facilities, equipment maintenance)
-- staff selection, qualification, and training.
Recommendations for testing criteria for radiobioassay laboratories are in HPS N13.30
(HPS, 1996). These recommendations include calculational methods and performance
criteria for bias, precision, and testing levels.
Some sites have established brief flyers or brochures describing their bioassay
measurements. These may be distributed to workers during classroom training, upon
notification of scheduled measurements, or at the time of the measurement or sample.