Ethics and Data Integrity for Technical Staff

Course Summary

1. Title: Ethics and Data Integrity for
Technical Staff

2. Keywords/Themes: Ethics, Integrity, Data
integrity, fraud, chain of custody, collector, confidentiality, data, data
auditing, DOC, ethics policy, forensic, improper practice, internal standard,
MDL, Peak Enhancing, Peak Integration, Peak Shaving, Prosecution, QA, QA
Officer, QC, Retention Time, Sample Integrity, Selective Recoding, Selective
Treatment, SOP, SPHL, Spiking, Staff, Titration, Workplace Theft

Course Description:

online course discusses ethics and personal integrity and illustrates how these
traits apply to technical staff in a public health or other laboratory.
Examples of general workplace ethics are provided. Many of the ways that data
integrity can be affected by technical staff are explained, from recognizing
when sample integrity has been compromised to documenting errors, handling
calibration and quality control issues, and changing or correcting results.
Examples are given to show how improper practices and the failure to maintain
data integrity can lead to fraud. One section of the course is dedicated to
improper laboratory practices and how they can be avoided. Patient
confidentiality, temperature records, altering SOPs, improper labeling, and
failure to document are among the topics covered in this section. Another area
focuses on issues of peak integration. The course ends with an in-depth look at
chain-of-custody protocols as they apply to both clinical and environmental

Intended Audience: This course is directed to technical staff at all levels in
public health and other laboratories

5. Learning Objectives:

After completion of this course, the participant will be able

• Define the
terms commonly associated with ethics, data integrity, fraud and Chain of

• Recognize staff's
responsibility to conduct themselves ethically in the workplace.

• Describe the
role of technical staff in maintaining data integrity.

• Describe and
list examples of improper practices.

• Explain the
relationship of improper practices to fraud.

• Recognize the
consequences of fraud.

• State the
responsibilities of management and staff in preventing fraud.

• List actions
that can affect sample integrity.

• Describe the
Chain of Custody process for laboratory samples.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level: No Pre-requisites

7. Competencies addressed: Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills, Communication Skills

8. CEUs Offered: None

9. Cost: Free

10. Modality/format: Online Self-Pace

11. Length: 1 hour

12. Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts: Marcia Valbracht

13. Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

14. Registration requirements: Register a free account

15. Creation and/or update: January 3, 2015