The Case for Standards
Posted: March 3, 2014
By: The Global Biological Standards Institute
Recent mainstream media, scientific literature, and even NIH have expressed serious concerns over the state of R&D methodologies in life science research. The Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI) commissioned a 3rd party organization to assess the quality of these R&D methodologies, and through 60 stakeholder interviews, found that irreproducibility is a pervasive, systemic problem that profoundly affects the entire research community. The Case for Standards in Life Science Research identifies a variety of factors that contribute to this irreproducibility crisis, but overall, most can be traced to the absence of a unifying framework of standards — from systems, processes, and procedures to standardized reference materials. Standards have driven innovation in every field of science and technology from Wi-Fi to building bridges, but there are few broadly implemented standards in the life sciences. The Case for Standards lays out a plan for how a standards framework can transform biological research.
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