Have you ever stepped into a lab, and it looks like it was lost in time? No computers. Data recorded in paper notebooks. Equipment over twenty years old. If this sounds like your lab, and you’re ready to bring it back to the future, here are a few modern practices that LIMS can help you upgrade to.
If there is a word that you can say to most laboratory professionals to make them cringe, LIMS would be up there. Why has LIMS gained such a bad reputation in industry?
Looking for the right LIMS for your laboratory can take up a lot of time. As a bare minimum, you’ll need a clear understanding of your requirements and arrange demonstrations, so you can get a feel for what the LIMS can deliver for your lab. In this blog, we highlight some of the key areas to consider when you are selecting a LIMS.
A lot of laboratories that look to implement LIMS often enquire about equipment and third-party software integration. With an aim to go completely paperless, it is beneficial
Communication is a key part of working as a team, delivering on business objectives, and meeting customer expectations. When you’re working in a laboratory, there are many opportunities to communicate effectively to avoid disappointment.
The last check before test results reach a client is the approval stage. Where test results are formally reported on a certificate of analysis, approval is authenticated by signature. So, what does that signature mean? And what should Lab Managers review before they sign the dotted line?
Many laboratories have yet to make the leap from paper to electronic records such as LIMS. There are usually valid reasons for holding back and maintaining the paper-based system of the dark ages. These reasons tend to be things like “we don’t have the budget”, “we don’t have time to implement a system”, “our lab isn’t big enough to use a system like that” or “why fix what isn’t broken”. While these are all suitable reasons for maintaining a paper-based system,
Assessing your LIMS supplier is a necessary process for laboratories operating in a regulated industry, but it is also considered, in general, good practice. The supplier assessment should be scaled appropriate to the risk, complexity of your LIMS, and the services provided. The assessment is most useful
Have you ever taken on a project that is large and overwhelming that you didn’t know where to start? It can feel like everything is blurry, and you’re looking for your glasses to bring your sight into focus. Deploying a LIMS can often feel like this, and risk assessments can help you bring the project to focus.