Whether it’s for Nadcap, ISO17025, a customer, or another accrediting body, you have probably experienced some sort of audit. You may have also realized how stressful an audit can be. This is particularly true when the necessary data is difficult to extract or stored in various spreadsheets and file cabinets. Now you have to pull all of the test and calibration data for something that was completed two years ago. One person spends a few hours searching spreadsheets for data, another flips through paper records to find instrument info, and a third has to work out the special filing system of the calibration records that only one person understands and that one person happens to be on vacation. All with Mr. Auditor tapping their foot in the next room, waiting. Does any of that sound familiar?
Now, imagine one system that has all of this data in one, searchable format. One person can seamlessly compile all of the necessary information in a fraction of the time. It does exist, and it can reduce audit anxiety. Every LIMS has their own audit-support features, so it’s important to know what you need for your laboratory. This article will show you some common LIMS features that might help you survive your next audit.