A Cloud-based LIMS Can Provide Cost-effective Data Management with Enhanced Security for Cannabis Testing Laboratories

LIMS for Cannabis Testing Laboratories

September 29, 2017

Almost every state that has legalized medical and recreational cannabis has established strict regulatory and quality assurance programs through mandatory testing and strict accounting of cannabis sample masses. Cannabis testing laboratories face an overwhelming challenge to manage their testing workflows in strict adherence to these programs. Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is a software platform that can manage all laboratory operational requirements, streamline testing workflows and manage data while ensuring compliance standards through sample tracking and audit trails. Nowadays, laboratories are increasingly adopting cloud-based LIMS solutions over the traditional on-premise tools for its easy deployability, security and scalability.

Cannabis testing laboratories often work on a limited budget and spending on laboratory supplies such as consumables, instruments, reagents etc. A limited budget often restricts laboratories from investing in software tools, essential for enhancing efficiency and reliability. A traditional on-premise LIMS requires purchase of expensive computer hardware, licenses, need for trained IT personnel and infrastructure maintenance; a protracted implementation time-frame; costly customization, training and support services. On the other hand, a cloud-based LIMS, offered as SaaS, is quickly deployable and is available for a subscription fee. If the product is configurable, you save on paying for customization.

A LIMS helps testing labs manage cannabis samples and automate testing workflows with users having access to the software anytime anywhere through an internet ready device. To ensure compliance with laboratory standards such as ISO 17025, 21CFR and federal regulations, a cloud-based LIMS can easily interface through its web-based API for data exchange with all the available instruments, third party software and regulatory software such as Metrc, BioTrackTHC and MJ Freeway.

Cloud-based LIMS vendors ensure data security by deploying their software on data centers provided by world-class Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) physically secure the IT hardware (such as servers, routers, cables etc.) against unauthorized access, interference, theft, fire, flood etc. Additionally, cloud-based software vendors employ advanced encryption algorithms, for data being transmitted, stored and being saved. so that your data is secure. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) have business continuity and data recovery plans in place to ensure that the services can be maintained in case of a disaster or an emergency and any data loss would be recovered.

Software vendors offering LIMS solutions, prefer public cloud model, where the customers pay only for CPU cycles, storage or the bandwidth they consume. Some of the leading public cloud providers who allow hosting web-based LIMS or other applications are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure and IBM/SoftLayer. There is a steady positive shift towards cloud-based services in the Cannabis industry. Take for an instance, the recent announcement of Tech-Giant Microsoft, offering its Azure cloud platform to Los Angeles-based start-up Kind Financial to set up a tracking & compliance system in line with Metrc, BioTrackTHC and MJ Freeway. With its Azure cloud platform, Microsoft is moving towards a foolproof solution to data privacy and security issues.

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Manage Testing and Laboratory Workflows with LIMS

Live Webinar: Manage Testing and Laboratory Workflows with LIMS

August 02, 2017

Modern testing laboratories need to perform multi-analyte testing and manage the entire life cycle of a test sample, right from sample registration to report generation and even to permanent disposal of samples. Additionally, such laboratories are highly regulated and generate massive amounts of testing data on a daily basis. Managing large data, automating laboratory workflows, and following regulatory guidelines such as ISO 17025, GLP, NELAC, CLIA, HIPAA, 21 CFR Part 11, are the major challenges of testing laboratories.

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) has the ability to manage and track testing laboratory processes and workflows for enhanced efficiency, automate reporting of test results, reduce sample turnaround time, and streamline laboratory operations. A LIMS can be integrated with analyzers through an Application Programming Interface (API) to facilitate data exchange, both uni-directional and bi-directional, eliminating chances of errors in the lab.

CloudLIMS hosted a live complimentary webinar on "Manage Testing and Laboratory Workflows with LIMS". The webinar was presented by Mr. Rakhil Akkali, Product Analyst at CloudLIMS.com. The webinar provided insights on how a LIMS plays a pivotal role in automatic sample accessioning, sample tracking using barcodes, managing multi-analyte tests and test Chain of Custody (CoC), automated report generation, besides helping testing laboratories follow regulatory guidelines seamlessly. The webinar also highlighted how a cloud-based LIMS is a technologically-advanced alternative to a traditional on-premise LIMS and can help testing laboratories prevent data loss, enhance efficiency, reduce total cost of ownership, and maximize investment returns.

Please visit the webinar section to watch the video or to download the presentation slides.

Read the white paper: LIMS for Testing Laboratories - An Overview of Features and Compliance for Testing Laboratories.

Live Webinar: Manage Testing and Laboratory Workflows with LIMS

Live Webinar: Manage Testing and Laboratory Workflows with LIMS

July 18, 2017

CloudLIMS, an ISO 9001:2015 certified software company, is pleased to host a complimentary webinar entitled "Manage Testing and Laboratory Workflows with LIMS". The date and time of the webinar is July 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM EDT. The webinar will be presented by Mr. Rakhil Akkali, Product Analyst at CloudLIMS.

Testing laboratories include clinical, food and beverage, environmental, cannabis, petrochemical, etc. laboratories. Such a laboratory may perform qualitative or quantitative tests or both. A LIMS plays a pivotal role in enhancing the efficiency of testing laboratories, reduce sample turnaround time, and meet regulatory compliance. This webinar will provide insights on how a LIMS can automate testing laboratory workflows, right from sample registration to report generation. Additionally, it will showcase how a LIMS can help testing laboratories meet regulatory compliance and quality standards seamlessly.

As an attendee, you will learn:

  • How testing labs assist in quality assurance
  • How to achieve automation from sample accession to report generation
  • How to test and report results for multiple analytes in a batch run
  • Manage and track test chain of custody for samples
  • How to generate professional report

Recommended attendees include laboratory directors, managers and quality managers of testing laboratories.

To register for this upcoming webinar. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to join the webinar. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us.

Not able to attend? Forward information on this webinar to your colleagues. Also, let us know if you are looking for other topics to be covered for LIMS in the comments box below. We look forward to your comments.

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