Many biotechnology products, especially biopharmaceuticals, require extensive tests for safety and effiicacy. Documentation specialists ensure that proper records are kept throughout the processes of researching a new product and measuring it's potential for treatment.
Documentation in biotechnology fields takes many forms, including standard operating procedures (SOPs) and recordkeeping. SOPs need to be established and kept up-to-date to ensure lab techniques and workflows are reliable and reproducible. Recordkeeping involves maintenance of lab notebooks as well as recording use and maintenance of lab equipment. Oftentimes the documenter will be in correspondence with equipment manufacturers, contractors, and maintenance specialists.