UCL has adopted Quartzy, the free online database, where research groups and labs at UCL can log all of their chemicals.
This enables labs to firstly know the size of their stocks, quantities, qualities and locations of chemicals. Secondly, by having a full inventory, it allows labs to share resources from across UCL; where previously labs may be buying and throwing away the same chemical at the same time in different parts of the department.
UCL’s Chemistry Department was the first to adopt Quartzy. Once this system was up and running, it started to gain interest from other labs as people could see the efficiencies at work and the decision was made to roll out Quartzy across the entire department. They now have a database of over twenty thousand bottles of chemicals, each individually labelled and located.
Quartzy can allow sharing in just internal labs, whole departments, or across all of UCL, depending on your needs. It is most effective when a whole department signs up. Quartzy is one of a few different lab management systems available. UCL promotes departments adopting a system, but the choice is up to the users.