Simplifying Results Collection and Approval in Laboratories
Of all the functionality offered by modern LIMS, accurate acquisition and reporting of test results is a central requirement. There are essentially two ways to enter results data into the LIMS – manually or directly from the testing instruments. Entering results manually is clearly quite common, but offers the possibility for transcription errors, especially if the results are first written down in a notebook and then later typed into the LIMS. Direct integration of instrumentation into the LIMS eliminates this possibility and helps meet data integrity and validity requirements. This is particularly important in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, where data integrity is critical throughout the cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) data life cycle. Data integrity refers to the completeness, consistency, and accuracy of data. Complete, consistent, and accurate data should be attributable, legible, contemporaneously recorded, original or a true copy, and accurate (ALCOA).