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Volume IV - 1.1 Introduction

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Orientation and Training

Food and Drug Administration

DOCUMENT NO.:

IV-01
VERSION NO.: 1.4

Section 1 - Laboratory Orientation

EFFECTIVE DATE: 10/01/2003REVISED: 05/02/14

The topics and exercises in this section are fundamental. They are intended for use during initial training of analysts and aides in order to provide a basic understanding of the laboratory's role in consumer protection.

Other sections of this manual cover special training and the Internet courses at Office of Regulatory Affairs University (ORAU) provide training for approximately the first year of employment with FDA. These web-based courses will compliment the laboratory training in identified areas such as the Essentials of an Effective Calibration Program, Hazardous Waste Determination, etc. 

The first year is an important one for career employees in the Federal service. During this period employees learn how to serve best in their role of protecting the public; a role for which no educational institution fully prepares them. During this first year new employees are carefully evaluated by their supervisors. The supervisor and laboratory director are responsible for keeping the FDA field scientific staff at the high level of competence and dedication it has historically demonstrated.

Exercises in this section depend on the extensive use of reference material by the trainee. The exercises reference many sources of information. Although most are relatively common, other sources may have to be substituted and supplemental material added. The trainee is encouraged to use the laboratory or district library, the Internet, the FDA Intranet, and other information sources.