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As the essential part of the EQIPD Framework​, the Toolbox is a s​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​tructured collection of various quality-related items, such as guidelines, protocols, and tools that can be used to build an EQIPD Quality System.

The toolbox is used as a source of potential solutions by the Planning tool to populate the Dossier.​

EQIPD has developed a specific terminology that is used to describe the framework and the quality system Glossary.​​

​1. Objectives

1.1 Mission

1.2 Scope

​1.3 Qualit​y Culture

1.3.1 Transparency

1.3.2 Sources of pressure and bias-producing communication of pressure

1.3.3 Promotion criteria within a research unit

1.3.4 Performance criteria and assessment

1.3.5 Reward system and incentives

1.4 My Need for Quality

1.4.1 Research ethics Research integrity Data sharing

1.4.2 Adherence to legal and regulatory considerations Biosafety Chemical safety Radioactivity Genetically modified organisms Risks to unborn life Handling of controlled substances Animal care and use Human data protection

1.4.3 Quality in collaborative research Industry-academia: Research as service Industry-academia: Research as collaboration Academia-academia: Research as service Academia-academia: Research as collaboration

1.5 Govern​​ance

1.5.1 Quality policy

1.5.2 Roles and responsibilities of involved personnel and organization Organigram Management Process owner Principal investigators and study directors Research team Supporting team Quality professionals

1.5.3 Management of resources Personnel Facilities Laboratory and experimental equipment used for measurement Electronic information system Organization-specific know how Documentation requirement for sample and material Retained personnel records

1.5.4 Prevention of Conflict of Interest Independence of internal compliance assessment Internal assessment of the organizations' quality professionals

1.5.5 Sustainability

​2. Key Processes

2.1 Experiment Planning

2.1.1 Study (experimental) plan

2.1.2 Unique study ID

2.1.3 Appraisal of literature and systematic reviews

2.1.4 Purpose of research

2.1.5 Pre-specification

2.1.6 Sample size and power analysis

2.1.7 Blinding​​

2.1.8 Randomisation​​

2.1.9 Inclusion and exclusion criteria

2.1.10 Plausibility check

2.1.11 Preregistration

2.2 Study execution

2.2.1 Use of SOPs for standard experiments

2.2.2 Use of template for (manual) data recording

2.2.3 Documentation of the experiment and deviations

2.3 Data handling

2.3.1 Generation, recording, handling and archiving of raw data

2.3.2 Primary analysis and evaluation of raw data

2.3.3 Statistical analysis

2.3.4 Data visualization

2.4 Reporting

2.4.1 Non-public reporting

2.4.2 Publication

3 Support Processes

3.1 Documentation management

3.1.1 Platform to record data​ ​

3.1.2 Procedures for how and when to record data Traceability of data and any person having impact on data​ Process for witnessing of records

3.1.3 Data security

3.2 Education, training and competence

3.2.1 General guidance on training

3.2.2 Good Research Practice training

3.2.3 Implementation of the EQIPD Quality System

3.2.4 Training on specific methods, tasks and activities

3.3 Laboratory resources

3.3.1 Fit-for-purpose working environment

3.3.2 Processes to enable computerized and non-computerized systems being suitable for intended use

3.3.3 Management of research materials and reagents

​​3.4 Experimental systems

3.4.1 Animal characteristics, care and use Ethical evaluation and authorization process of animal use Animal procurement & identification Animal housing conditions Animal environmental conditions Food, watering and bedding Sanitation procedure Frequency and procedure of observation of animals Animal health and genetic monitoring Veterinary interventions during the study Surgical procedures Animal euthanasia procedures

3.4.2 Non-an​imal test systems Cell culturing Antibody validation Biological and technical replicates

3.5 Experimental methods

3.5.1 Animal and non-animal method and assay qualification

3.5.2 Protocols for methods and assays

​​4 Continuous improvement

4.1 ​Assessment procedures

4.1.1 Risk assessment​​

4.1.2 Self assessment

4.1.3 External assessment

4.2 Prevention and improvement

4.2.1 Installation of solutions, actions and mitigation strategies

4.2.2 Error and incident management

4.2.3 Responsible conduct of research

4.2.4 Key performance indicators

4.3 EQIPD framework

4.3.1 Updating of EQIPD Dossier Adding new items Deleting items Revising items

4.3.2 Using the EQIPD applications Using the Planning Tool Creating NEEDs Revising NEEDs Deleting NEEDs