Policy

Sample Analysis 

  • Samples are accepted for analysis upon receipt of a requisition from the user.
  • Analysis requisition specifics, including application forms and service rates, are regularly updated on the Teresian Instrumentation and Consultancy Centre’s website under the “Application and Rate of Services” tab.
  • Samples can be deposited at the TICC center through a direct visit. 
  • Alternatively, samples can be sent by post to the following address: Teresian Instrumentation and Consultancy Center, St. Teresa’s College (Autonomous), Science Block, TD Road, Ernakulam, Pin – 682011, along with a copy of the completed application form.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, all samples will be securely held for a maximum period of 10 days under room temperature conditions.
  • Refrigeration at 0-10°C will be applied if specified or deemed necessary.
  • After the completion of the study, users will receive timely communication of the results through either email or phone contact, ensuring efficient and prompt dissemination of analysis outcomes.

Reports 

  • Users can receive raw data, in the form of analysis reports, either via email or by picking them up at the TICC Centre.
  • Study materials will be provided for training sessions.
  • For projects, the center will assist in thesis works, offering both results and methodology.
  • The center will provide methodology and results for antibacterial analysis. Students can choose to visit the center and measure the zone of inhibition directly or have the center measure it and send the results via email.
  • After microbiology works, all cultures and plates undergo decontamination to ensure the proper killing of cultures. Students will not have access to the plates after decontamination
  • For phytochemistry analysis, students will receive both methodology and results from the TICC Centre.
  • All records from the analysis will be stored securely for a maximum of one month.
  • TICC ensures the privacy of data and strictly preserves users Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Timings

  • The facility operates on all working days, Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Users are permitted to deposit samples exclusively from Monday to Wednesday, during the hours of 9 am to 12 pm at the TICC center.
  • Prior to planning a direct visit, it is strongly recommended to make an inquiry. This ensures users can fully benefit from the available facilities.
  • The facility strictly abides by holidays and will remain closed on these days.

Terms and Conditions 

  • Acknowledgment in Publications: All publications resulting from research utilizing TICC’s analytical services must appropriately acknowledge the center.
  • Restrictions on Report Usage: The content of reports generated by TICC should not be utilized for advertising, presented as evidence, used in litigation, or quoted as a certificate to a third party.
  • Separate Sample Submission: Different analyses require separate sample submissions to ensure accuracy and avoid cross-contamination.
  • Unstable Materials and TICC’s Responsibility: Unstable materials, unless specifically requested, are not accepted for analysis. TICC does not assume responsibility for results dependent on the stability of the material.
  • Exclusion of Explosive Materials: Explosive materials are not accepted for analysis due to safety considerations.
  • Proper Sealing and Labeling: Sample vials must be sealed securely and appropriately labeled for reference purposes.
  • Labeling of Standards: Users are responsible for labeling standards that need analysis as samples and assigning appropriate numbering.
  • Slot Allotment Process: Slots for analytical services will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. In cases of multiple slot requests by a user, allotment is subject to TICC’s discretion, considering instrument availability.

Other general instructions 

  • Standard rates are applicable for all studies conducted by both St. Teresa’s College students and students from other institutions.
  • Studies will only commence after the submission of a requisition letter and successful payment.
  • Payment must be completed before the commencement of the study.
  • Equipment must be used as per operational guidelines, and any malfunction or damage must be reported immediately.
  • The use of instruments and other facilities is permissible only in the presence of the designated facility in charge.
  • Only trained personnel should operate specialized instruments.
  • Users are responsible for maintaining a clean and organized workspace.
  • All equipment and materials must be returned to their designated places after use.
  • All glassware issued for the study must be returned in good condition.
  • In the event of damage or loss, a contingency fee will be levied and must be paid promptly.

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