One of the things we have to do is establish contracts, or less formal but still written agreements, with all the different support services on which our lab depends on in the heart of a larger establishment (for example, the Human Resources, Logistics, Purchasing, and Suchlike departments).
To have such a contract, with the supporting department, however, assumes that these departments actually support us.
We were worried that we wouldn't have the description and proof of validation of our lab work up to snuff, given that's a big and hairy document to write. But noooo, at least we have control over what goes into the Methods Validation chapter. It's just a question of hours at the computer to get it together. It's our own administration that's the real sticking point.