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The person who is responsible for the overall administration and the scientific and technical operation of a laboratory including the supervision of tests and the reporting of results of tests. The laboratory manager is responsible for assuring that the laboratory complies with all laws and regulations and is in conformance with all applicable standards. General responsibilities include personnel, facilities and safety, test procedures, quality management, consultation and education, communication, and operational management. Although it takes many people in a variety of roles to make a laboratory run well, the ultimate accountability for success or failure rests with the laboratory manager. It is imperative that the laboratory manager have adequate authority to discharge this accountability. SYNONYM. Laboratory director; Laboratory Head; Unit Head