How do we implement or configure LIMS?

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All LIMS systems on the market are highly configurable. You can twist them into doing any and all of your ways of working in the lab just by configuration. Very rarely is there a need for additional programming (customization) to make the system work what you want it to do. You will need to discuss with your supplier to find the most functional way of configuring this system to tailor your needs.

It is usually a matter of what do you want to use the data for—not only now but also in the future. One example: You have a simple visual method that describes that your product is supposed to be white to off-white, small crystals without any smell. Your product either passes the description or it fails. If you are interested in finding out why it fails when it does, the answer “Fail” is not going to help you much. You will need to divide these requirements into three parts, which shall be answered separately in the LIMS: Color (with a list if options to which color you see, and yellow and grey may be included); Crystal size (powder, small crystals, mixed size crystals and so on may be on the predefined list); Smell (with several options on the list). Now you can start trending the results! And of course Pass or Fail is not a result, but an assessment of the results as a comparison with the specification for the product. There is a lot more on LIMS implementation in my book “International IT Regulations and Compliance.”