This recorded Lab Informatics Tutorial series is designed as a management level view of laboratory systems and is appropriate for anyone planning, reviewing, or approving the acquisition of laboratory informatics. A background in science is not necessary to follow the presented material. Its purpose is to provide you with an understanding of how these technologies (Laboratory Information Management Systems, Electronic Laboratory Notebooks, Scientific Data Management Systems, Laboratory Execution Systems, Instrument Data Systems, and supporting technologies ) can be used to support/improve your labs operations, and the considerations that need to be taken into account before they are purchased.
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is used by laboratories to develop their management system for quality, administrative and technical operations. This series of articles examines how a well configured LIMS, such as Matrix Gemini, can make a significant contribution to the fulfilment of ISO 17025 requirements in areas over and above the direct management of data related to sampling, testing and reporting. In Part 1 of the series we looked at how Matrix Gemini can help with the management of documents, while Part 2 focused on the management of corrective and preventative actions (CAPA).
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a new 16 page white paper entitled ‘Regulating Our Future – why food regulation needs to change and how we are going to do it’. The FSA is responsible for ensuring that an effective regulatory policy is in place to verify that food businesses meet their obligation to ensure that food is both safe and is what it says it is. This new document consistently highlights the importance of accurately reported data going forward, and for food manufacturers and processors, the use of an appropriately configured Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) could be an extremely important tool to help meet these requirements.
The move from strictly paper-based processes in the clinical research laboratory to processes that are more automated and paperless has been ongoing for several decades. Driving this change has been the promise of greater laboratory efficiency and more time for laboratorians to focus on other aspects of the lab. This move from paper to electronic information management has required a solid in-house information technology (IT) foundation that includes investment in hardware, data management software like a laboratory information management system (LIMS), middleware, and IT personnel to manage it all.
2017 has been characterized by daily chaos, uncertainty and loud voices shouting at one another from polarized positions. What will 2018 bring? As we look back at 2017, what were the main substantive changes that have occurred in the laboratory informatics space and how will those impact 2018? In a 2017 Review of Laboratory Informatics…
Published in early 2017, this paper by Albert et al. discusses the development process of an accreditation program — the Strengthening Tuberculosis Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation or TB SLMTA — dedicated to better implementation of quality management systems (QMS) in tuberculosis laboratories around the world. The authors discuss the development of the curriculum, accreditation tools, and roll-out across 10 countries and 37 laboratories. They conclude that the training and mentoring program is increasingly vital for tuberculosis labs, "building a foundation toward further quality improvement toward achieving accreditation ... on the African continent and beyond."