Outsourcing is the process of using another company’s processes to complete a portion or all of your testing. Outsourcing laboratory services is a topic of contention among many laboratory management professionals. Is it cost effective? What about turn around time? Below we will discuss some of the pros and cons of outsourcing laboratory services to help you determine whether outsourcing is a good option for your organization.
In-house testing is often viewed as the better alternative due to the flexibility and control as well as the ability to address any questions or issues that may arise during the testing process. It is often viewed as having a faster turn around time than external testing as well. However, one of the biggest disadvantages of in-house testing is that it can be costly to hire or train individuals to perform specialized tasks.
Recently it has become best practice throughout many industries to turn to outsourcing for the majority of their testing due to the rising cost, time, and complexity of in-house testing. Outsourcing has proven to reduce cost and provide faster time to market. This allows you more time and energy to spend on marketing and other business operations. Outsourcing also allows you to choose experienced and trained experts to perform your testing.
Pros of outsourcing:
- more cost effective
- experts in the field are performing the testing
- more time to focus on other business aspects
- more precise outcomes
Cons of outsourcing
- loss of flexibility and control
- more chance of miscommunication
- turnaround time may increase
- time consuming sending/receiving samples
Each company looking to outsource needs to evaluate the pros and cons or outsourcing versus in-house testing. Contract Laboratory has helped thousands of companies outsource their laboratory testing, including those needing urgent testing, and are always eager to help more. If your company is looking to outsource any of their scientific research or testing, we can help! Call us at 1-855-377-6821 or submit a test request online.