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New Facility Updates- FAQ's

Why are we moving?

Our relocation and expansion are consistent with our organizational goal of providing more comprehensive solutions for our clients.  Building on a new site affords us the opportunity to create a purpose-built facility where we can maximize flexibility and efficiency of operations.  Additionally, as our current and future testing demand continues to grow, we are on pace to exceed the capacity of our current location within the next few years.  Furthermore, we are adding many new, state-of-the-art analytical testing platforms, processing automation, and ultralow storage technology to ensure we are well positioned to meet the changing needs of our clients.

Does the move encompass all business units, all equipment, testing, personnel, etc.?

The Eurofins Viracor company headquarters, all laboratory testing equipment, and personnel will be moving to the new facility in Lenexa, KS.

When is the actual date of the transfer of operations?

While certain factors such as weather may have an impact on our actual date of transfer, the project is currently on target for a completion and Go Live date of March 14th, 2022.

Will any services be temporarily unavailable during the move, and does Eurofins Viracor have a contingency plan or lab to perform critical/time sensitive testing in the event of a problem with the move of laboratory testing equipment?

We do not anticipate disruption of any services during the relocation.   We also do not anticipate any delays to ongoing client projects/studies as a function of the move.  Many duplicate systems will be temporarily established at both sites.  These will be maintained through qualification of all new or relocated systems.

Will all testing need to be re-validated at the new location?

No. Notice of our relocation move will be made to regulators prior to the move. Individual clients are being made aware during regular discussions with them about their studies.  However, we have created a Validation Master Move Plan to outline the phased process. This includes plans to move and qualify instrumentation such that we will have qualified instruments at both locations. Once an instrument is on-line at the new facility, we will transfer the assays that are currently validated and active. There are sufficient redundant systems to ensure testing will continue at the current address. After completion of the transfer, clinical trial samples will be transferred while maintaining required storage conditions, and analysis will begin at the new facility. A final report in support of the Validation Master Move Plan will be written to document the outcome of the equipment and assay transfers to the new location, which will be shared with clients upon request.

Will our laboratory license/certification numbers change?

No. We contacted the accrediting bodies and discussed the change in location. They agreed that our numbers will remain the same; however, the current certificates will remain in effect until our next inspection cycle slotted for 2022 and after the move.  

Who is handling the actual movement of analytical testing equipment?

The move is being handled by a professional service with an excellent reputation for moving and installation of laboratory equipment and systems. Additionally, original equipment manufacturer service technicians will be brought in to prepare more sensitive instruments for shipment and to reinstall each system at the new location.

How will you handle transfer of samples that are already in long-term storage at your current facility?

All study material currently stored at Eurofins Viracor will be maintained and transported under controlled conditions to the new facility. Eurofins Viracor is installing a new, state-of-the-art, Hamilton Storage BiOS XL4 automated ultralow storage and retrieval system at the new location, giving us ample capacity for current and future long-term sample storage needs.  This system offers triple redundancy cooling, along with automated barcode reading, and full audit trail of every sample to ensure sample integrity and security.  It also includes 21 CFR Part 11 compliant software, with client-specific reporting capabilities.

How much notice will we be given for the when the shipping address for biological samples will change?

Clients will be notified six weeks in advance of the date on which they should begin using the new address for all subsequent sample shipments.

In addition, the new facility is 25 miles from our current location, and we will have our own transport service available in the event that samples arrive at the new site prior to transfer of testing services.  Similarly, samples that are delivered to our current location after the move will be transported to the new site via the same service. 

 

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