Glossary

A List of Commonly Used Terms in Blood Banking

Operational Qualification

A part of a validation protocol for a particular piece of equipment, abbreviated “OQ.” This is the part of validation that people associate most with the process. The point of OQ is to test the limits of the equipment using worst-case scenarios to make sure that the equipment still delivers acceptable outcomes. Other parts of the validation protocol for new equipment are installation qualification and performance qualification.

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