There has been a lot of negative publicity of late about what is really inside the packaging of everything from food to drugs— and that includes the specific ingredients and quantity of contents. All of that information is there for you, the consumer, to see, but it’s the commercial labs throughout the country that measure and analyze the products therein.
Since they have a vested interest in their products, the question is this: Who is monitoring the labs and the equipment they use?
Among the most prominent is a New Jersey company that specializes in monitoring and maintaining the accuracy of laboratory equipment — Baseline Service, LLC, headquartered in Bound Brook, NJ. If the equipment is reliable and accurate, then their findings, at least, should not be questioned. How the numbers might be juggled to cut costs or marketed to increase sales is another area of oversight.
Baseline Service itself is ISO-17025 certified by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and this accreditation is the gold standard in ensuring data that comes out of laboratories across the country is trustworthy. Describing itself as “experts in the FDA-regulated industries,” its job, in general terms, is making sure that their client companies achieve the required level of regulatory compliance demanded by the FDA and other oversight agencies. Those regulated industries include healthcare, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic and other consumer products.
Instrument calibration is critical on any equipment used for testing, measuring and analyzing, including everything from digital scales to spectrophotometers. The latter, by the way, essentially measures light that passes through, is reflected by or absorbed by another medium. Examples would be measuring the effectiveness of opaque solids or glass in preserving or protecting contents. And it gets much more complicated than that— and often beyond the purview of even well informed consumers.
Baseline Service has expanded its role even further by adding a well-known innovator, General Electric, as a provider among its array of high-tech equipment and services, recently announcing that it is a distributor for GE’s Measurement & Control Division. The technologies include sensor-based measurement and its key fields are power generation, transportation, oil & gas and aerospace.
Testing and calibration of laboratory equipment, whether for pharmaceuticals or sustainable energy, plays a big role in protecting the health and safety of the public. If the equipment and instrumentation in U.S. labs is not accurate, it puts consumers at risk. GE Measurement & Control is known for the monitoring equipment used for analysis and monitoring in the gas and oil industry, but it is also gaining a niche in healthcare. Also prominent among Baseline Service’s measurement products are Electrolab and Scinco.
It seems like a daunting role for a company that started out specializing in the service and support of High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) equipment. But the demand was obviously there, as well as an escalating need for consumer protection through oversight over a multitude of products.
Baseline has been providing multi-vendor laboratory and process instrument support for more than 20 years. Its success is based on providing quality service by a staff of highly trained and experienced instrument, laboratory, and compliance personnel. That means they provide both the equipment and the people who know how to service and repair it.
Vince Gelsomino, the guy who started it all back in 1995, says it comes down to “experience, reliability, and cost savings.” He believes these are the driving forces behind Baseline gaining the confidence and trust of some of the most prominent corporate entities in the country in making sure their products achieve critical regulatory compliance.