Chemical measurement data are often the basis for critical decisions on vital matters, including the health of individuals, environmental protection, and the production of safe, reliable, and useful products and services. As a result, the demand for measurement data is ever increasing, and therefore, measurement data must be with reliable with unequivocal evidence to prove accuracy and precision. The philosophy and procedures by which data users can obtain proof of the reliability accuracy of measurements is commonly referred to as quality assurance.
There are an increasing number of regulatory and productivity demands placed on the environmental laboratory, from NELAC, HIPPA, Sarbanes-Oxley, The Patriot Act, ELAP, CFR 21 Part 11 to name a few. This presentation will review the features in an automated Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) from sample login through to reporting that greatly facilitate compliance.
There are several areas to consider in establishing your LIMS requirements and specifications. In times of constrained resources and budgets, you can ill afford unnecessary spending. Purchasing a LIMS is a sound decision that can potentially save your organization time and money. However, before making your purchase decision you should have an understanding of what drives LIMS costs.
Customers cringe when I say this, but I keep pointing out that Phase One of any LIMS project is “The Phase of Pain.” Most of that pain comes in planning what to include or exclude from the project and the ensuing politics.
A recent Google™ internet search on “paperless lab” yielded 13,600 hits, most of which are associated with commercial document management or electronic notebook systems. Not much has been written, though, addressing the practical and technical hurdles in implementing a paperless laboratory solution in a regulated environment. (Originally printed in the American Association for Clinical Chemistry Newsletter, May 2003)
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