LIMS

What is a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)?

A LIMS should be designed to form a natural support to your scientific skills.

Less admin, more science

A LIMS is a software platform enabling users to effectively manage the flow of samples and associate data to support laboratory operations and enhance efficiency. Through the use of a LIMS, laboratories can automate workflows, tests and procedures, integrate instruments, provide a complete record of all samples, tests and results in the system via secure and comprehensive audit trails. LIMS helps labs streamline operations by making the move from paper to a digital environment, with the goal of saving time, money and reducing errors.

Key benefits

  • Management – LIMS provides centralized storage of all laboratory workflow and the subsidiary data required for quality control compliance
  • Automation – Enables complete workflow automation reducing the possibility of human error and speeding up
  • Accuracy – Assists in producing accurate, reproducible results and ensuring the use of calibrated instruments
  • Integration – Integrates with laboratory instruments or other in-lab systems providing completely digital environment
  • Traceability – One of the major benefits is the availability of a secure and reportable audit trail that is able to track all data within the system and any changes made to result, test procedure, instruments etc. are logged.
  • Regulatory Compliance – Assist labs with meeting strict regulatory requirements by tracking and reporting on the relevant data:
    • ISO17025 – ISO15189
    • GMP
    • GLP
    • CFR 21 Part 11
    • NATA (or compliance body in each country)
    • TGO93
    • System validation

Besides for the above core functions, LIMS should also assist with other area’s of your quality management framework: 

  • Repository Management – Know exactly where at your lab/facility samples are stored
  • Chain of Custody Management – Keep track of your samples even when they have left your lab
  • Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPA) – tracking non conformance
  • Version Control – methods and SoP’s
  • Asset Management – instruments and laboratory equipment
  • Business Analytics – Keep track of KPI’S, turnovers

Some reasons why people look at LIMS?

  • Growing demand for transparency in testing
  • Auditable results and removal of human error
  • Pressure to meet testing demands with fewer resources
  • Identify workload issues or bottlenecks
  • Increased demand on automated reporting and testing
  • Pressure to comply with new or increasingly tight industry regulations
  • Replacement and/or consolidation of legacy systems