Clinical Laboratory Science Writing

The Real Input of Scientific Writers

By: Sonia Norris, CLS Writer

Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) writing involves writing a range of documents on the design and performance of laboratory assays, developed for their intended use in clinical testing. Our interactive role as CLS writers, however, does not end there. A plethora of soft skills are applied throughout the development of the documents we write to:



efficiently adapt to the different ways of working, style and communication needs of our multidisciplinary stakeholders;


help the teams we support to align and draw conclusions on complex or contentious topics;

Attention to detail

maintain a critical eye to provide and surpass the expected accuracy of the documents we develop via rigorous peer-reviews, and ensuring the implementation of all stakeholder feedback where applicable;


effectively coordinate review rounds and meetings with stakeholders for high-level communication and deliverables in the context of large and multidisciplinary team partnerships;

Intellectual input

provide valuable and objective input in the context of our ‘semi-naïve’ outlook, thanks to our scientific background and only partial (writing) involvement in the lifecycle of the assays we report on;


pitch our writing in the appropriate tone for our targeted audiences;


ensure that deadlines are met and anticipate/manage potential delays with a constructive and risk-mitigated approach, whilst knowing first-hand how science can behave.

With progressively more rigorous healthcare guidelines comes the need for the development of increasingly efficient and timely laboratory assays. This in turn can instigate more complex and stringent processes and timelines within an already fast-paced CLS field.


At Modis Life Sciences, our dedicated team of CLS writers provides a wide range of skills to meet these growing needs in order to help streamline the development and submission of CLS documents in the most efficient, transparent, timely and risk-mitigated manner.

– Sonia Norris, CLS Writer