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10 Advantages of Having an Integrated LIMS in Your QMS

The market is packed with electronic quality management and lab management systems, but until lately, no single system could seamlessly manage both quality and lab processes.

Simploud is the first full-blown quality management system to integrate a lab information management solution (LIMS) as part of its system. LIMS is part of Simploud, not a separate system or module.

Managing the quality and lab operations in the same system has many benefits, and this article lists 10 of the most powerful.

Modern laboratory LIMS

1. Who needs expensive integrations?

Your QMS shares a lot of data with your LIMS, and in order to avoid data duplication, many integrations are needed to transfer data from one system to another. However, when you have all your processes in the same system, integrations between different parts of your business are not needed because you’ve got one source of truth and no redundant data.

2. All documents are a click away.

Lab operations produce many documents and use other documents as guidelines, protocols, etc. Having these documents available in the same system is essential to ensure smoother lab operations. That way, yoLab operations produce many documents and use other documents as guidelines, protocols, etc. Having these documents available in the same system is essential to ensure smoother lab operations. That way, you can easily reference SOPs relevant for specific lab tests or procedures in the context of specific test steps.

3. Lab personnel are always trained.

In order to effectively manage your laboratory, your lab employees must be properly trained in their specific roles. With Simploud, your employees are always trained with the most recent material, procedures, and policies. You can even link employees’ training status with the lab activities they are allowed to perform.

4. Equipment and tools are well maintained.

Different equipment and tools are used in the lab for the different activities. These tools require frequent maintenance and calibration for them to function properly. Having the QMS and LIMS in one system The lab uses various equipment and tools for different activities. These tools require frequent maintenance and calibration in order to function properly. Having the QMS and LIMS in one system ensures that all equipment is maintained properly and calibrations are done frequently, based on any policy.

5. Test results and accumulated data are available.

Your entire test protocol, with all executed steps and results, is available for every record and can be used to create reports and statistical analyses. You can later use the test protocols to produce SOPs and other protocols.

6. Quality events and OOS can be executed.

Whenever an issue is found during an experiment or environmental monitoring, a quality event (deviation, out of spec) can be initiated directly from the specific failed step and can be followed based on the company’s internal deviation or OOS process.

7. You can start a lab investigation from every issue.

Issues found during a test may require an investigation process to identify the root cause and ensure the issue does not reoccur.

8. It produces and releases batches in one system.

In many cases, the lab produces compound products that require proper inventory management, creation of BOM with cost calculation, and more. The batch manufacturing process in Simploud allows you to produce the batch while capturing all the relevant data and later release the batch, ensuring an accelerated batch release process.

9. Supplier qualification is done here.

Suppliers that provide services and materials for lab activities need to be assessed and qualified based on the company’s policy. When suppliers are managed and qualified on the same system, it makes the process so much easier.

10. Changes are needed all the time.

Whenever you need to replace a supplier or material, you should initiate an official change process to address all potential risks and set a proper action plan in place to implement the change.

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