Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:45:18 -0500
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From: Jerry King <jjk7**At_Symbol_Here**MIDWESTLABS.COM>
Subject: Re: Abbreviations
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The use of abbreviations is very commonly used in many professional 
disciplines such as analytical laboratories, regulatory agencies, the 
federal and state governments and it is my opinion that the use and 
understanding of these abbreviations be taught and used in educational 
settings.  For many of the standard laboratory abbreviations, there is a 
basic SOP (an abbreviation that few laboratories spell out since it is 
so commonly used) that lists the abbreviation and the "key".  This is 
also commonly found in the QAP (another acronym commonly used - Quality 
Assurance Plan).

It is my strong opinion to teach the acronyms as an integral part of 
scientific language - it will help the students in their professional 


Mary Ellen A Scott wrote:
> To Everyone,
> What is your opinion of allowing laboratories to use abbreviations and 
> short hand _*as long as*_ a key to those abbreviations is kept in a 
> conspicuous location and is clearly identified?
> Thoughts? and Thanks
> Mary Ellen

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