Q Laboratories, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, has appointed Erin Crowley to microbiology R&D laboratory supervisor. Ms.. Crowley will be responsible for all functions of the R&D Laboratory, such as AOAC validation studies, internal validation studies, method development and validation, and other special projects. The company has also appointed Patrick Bird microbiology R&D project leader. Mr. Bird’s duties will include administering individual research and development studies, projects and validations within the R&D laboratory and coordinating staff responsibilities and functions. Lastly, Q Laboratories has named James Agin director of quality. Mr. Agin will be responsible for supervising all aspects of quality systems, including evaluating internal audits, coordinating accreditation and certification programs, including ISO 17025, and determining measures for advancing the overall quality and excellence of the microbiology, analytical chemistry and research and development laboratories.