ERM (previously known as SciQuest ERM) is an inventory management and procurement tool for all chemicals, risk biologicals and most lab consumables.
The purpose of ERM is to provide University-wide assurance, and support research and teaching activities.
In terms of assurance, it’s important that we have a consistent approach for importing, managing, tracking and disposing of materials. This also contributes to our focus on sustainability.
In supporting terms, ERM delivers a number of benefits.
Most importantly, it securely tracks and manages the full lifecycle of material from point of purchase, transport, storage, use and disposal of hazardous and restricted materials.
It offers laboratory staff and researchers the opportunity to move away from individual spreadsheets and into a fully supported system. This gives greater visibility of items, making stocktake easier and quicker.
Researchers can make price comparisons for an item with all approved vendors.
Principal Investigators can see how much of the grant or funding they have spent on laboratory consumables and chemical items.
The system can even support sharing chemicals across research groups which will help reduce purchase and disposal costs.
ERM also contributes to the University retaining our unique HSNO Exempt Laboratory status, regulatory compliance and assisting in more effective emergency response.
This system is well regarded internationally and is used by other universities New South Wales and Edinburgh. We are the first university in New Zealand to use the ERM system.