An ideal Homoeopathic pharmacy lab should have the following qualities.
Laboratory should not be built near open sewage, public lavatory, and factories producing smokes, dust and any kind of noxious fumes or gas.
Room must be well ventilated with sufficient exhaust arrangement. If possible the room should be air-conditioned. Room temperature has influence in the preparation and preservation of Homoeopathic medicines. Too much cold may crystallize or may become turbid some mother tinctures. The room should be protected from strong direct sunlight, dampness or darkness. The temperature of the room should be moderate. The room should be perfectly dry clean and be free from any kind of dust, smoke or any kind of strong fetid odour, as they destroy the medicines, especially the potentized medicines. The laboratory should be provided with burning gas, electricity and water supply for washing and cleaning purposes. The walls of the room should be washable.
The laboratory should be spacious and provide separate departments such as:
- Manufacturing department for mother tinctures preparation, potentization, and trituration processes.
- Bonded laboratory for manufacturing alcohol. This department should have (a) Raw material store, (b) Finished product store, (c) Room for permissible products by Govt. Excise department.
- Analytical laboratory.
- Clock room for the staff.
- Finished products department. In this department should have the facility to keep potentised medicines, raw spirit and Mother tincture and all finished products.
- Packing department
- Administration department.
Furniture should be made up of well-seasoned wood. It should be well polished and kept clean. Tables must be provided with marble or sun-mica tops.
- The working room as well as the storeroom for raw materials and finished products should be separate ones.
- Each raw material and finished product should be properly kept and each finished product should be well stopper and properly labelled.
- The raw materials and finished products (i.e., mother tinctures, potentised medicines and triturations) should be kept separately.
The laboratory should have the following equipments for manufacturing.
Balance, Measuring glasses, Containers, Bottles, glass stoppered bottles, corcks, mortar and pestle, presses, Sieves, Spatula and spoons, Chopping Board, Chopping knife, Funnels, Water bath, Desiccators, Hot air oven, Thermometer, Microscope, Hydrometer, Tripod stand, filter stand, percolator.