Ensure data integrity and chain of custody in forensic testing
For forensic testing laboratories, managing your test and sample data can present a significant challenge. Forensic facilities employ stringent sample collection and storage protocols to ensure chain of custody and minimize the potential for degradation. While flexibility is critical, so is the ability to comply with stringent regulations, including the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) and ISO 17025. How can your lab ensure secure, traceable, defensible data that complies with quality and regulatory controls across a variety of materials and test protocols?
Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS software manages the complete forensic testing process including case management to help ensure traceability and certainty of results.
- Helps ensure quality results and repeatability through controlled process execution
- Demonstrates fully compliant data integrity lifecycles
- Confirms resource suitability through in-process checks to ensure compliance to ISO 17025
- Tracks chain of custody from receipt through archival
- Connects directly to instruments and equipment to eliminate transcription errors
- Manages a variety of complicated data types for DNA, ballistics, chemical testing, and more
LIMS designed to improve lab efficiency, speed turnaround time and enable compliance with standards such as 21 CFR Part 11, GMP and ISO 17025. Labs adhering to ALCOA+ guidelines can rely on the LIMS security, electronic signature, and complete audit trail to enable compliance. Standard ASTM methods are configured using the Laboratory Execution System (LES) to step analysts through procedures to ensure repeatable testing and quality results. Enterprise connectivity enables a holistic view of the organization, providing KPIs to decision makers to ensure quality.
Flexible integration and data visualization capabilities are the foundation of the connected laboratory. Building a laboratory ecosystem that connects people, instruments, consumables, and software requires the right capabilities and tools. Thermo Fisher Scientific combines a complete suite of integration tools with expertise in connectivity, data visualization, e-commerce, services, and infrastructure, helping you uncover the hidden value of your data.
Good sample management processes are necessary to ensure sample integrity, data quality, and proper chain of custody. Robust features help ensure that sample chain of custody is established and that inventory records are easily maintained.
LIMS software can integrate with instruments as well as internal and external systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and laboratory systems including electronic lab notebooks.
Complete visibility into who did what, when, and why providing a full audit trail. Easily retrieve data for regulatory or legal purposes and quickly show relevant records during audits.
Intuitive system functionality supports workflow management. Users can quickly build workflows which map to actual laboratory processes, automating decisions and actions and reducing the need for user intervention.
Secure system access and capabilities to comply with the latest industry regulations. Guidance from LIMS professionals with expertise in standard industry guidelines and regulations.
Reports are accessible via dashboards which inform decision making and efficient project planning. Any information stored within LIMS software can be displayed in a dashboard.
Scientific Data Management System (SDMS)
The SDMS enables secure, compliant, future-proofed data archival and retrieval.
Analyst training records
Assign work to those with proper training qualifications and receive alerts to refresh training prior to expiration. Associate training with the use of equipment, analysis and more.