To ensure a higher standard of research and regulation in compliance with the FDA21 CFR/11 code of federal regulation, completed experiments, protocols, documents and SOPs can be signed, witnessed and rejected.
This is a two-step procedure, involving two separate group members: any participant in the experiment can sign, but only authorized members can witness or reject.
The account owner has witnessing privileges and can give these privileges to whom he chooses. To learn how to control members privileges - click here.
Witnesses receive a notification regarding the needed action, and after reviewing, they can approve or reject this action followed by a comment.
How to Sign, Witness and Reject a document?
1. When an experiment is finished you can sign it, marking it as completed.
Signed experiments cannot be edited. Comments can still be written in the discussion thread. The signature can be reverted, making it editable again.
2. Once the experiment is signed, a pop up window will open with the option to add your comments. In addition, an indication with the signer's name and time of signing will appear under the experiment's name in green, and a notice is sent to the account's owner and members with witnessing privileges.
3. When the member with witnessing privileges access the signed experiment, there are two options: either to witness, locking it permanently or reject it, reverting the signature and make it editable again, with the option to add comments fo each choice.
For every signing, witnessing and rejecting actions a password login is required:
For visual information on how this feature works, click here