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LIMS Selection Guide for Food Safety and Quality
First Edition
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Title: LIMS Selection Guide for Food Safety and Quality

Edition: First Edition

Author for citation: Shawn E. Douglas

License for content: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Publication date: January 2023

The laboratory information management system is a critical component of proper laboratory management and operations, including for the food and beverage industry. At stake is the safety and quality of foods and beverages, and by extension the wellbeing of millions of people, as well as the reputation of the businesses that produce the food and beverages. This guide recognizes the important role the food and beverage laboratory plays in our society towards food and beverage safety and quality, as well as the standards and regulations affecting these laboratories and their operations. It then addresses the role of laboratory informatics solutions like the LIMS and what the optimal feature set is for the industry. But acquiring a LIMS is more than just a selection process; there's more to take into consideration such as cybersecurity, regulatory controls, implementation procedures, and future service from the LIMS vendor. This considerations and more are addressed, followed by discussion of a requirements-based specification approach to ensuring your lab acquires the LIMS that best fits its needs.

(NOTE: The PDF output of this guide fails to properly list the references. To see the original document, with references, see here.)

About this book
1. Introduction to food and beverage laboratories
1.1 Food and beverage labs, then and now
1.2 Laboratory roles and testing in the industry
1.3 Safety and quality in the food and beverage industry
2. Standards and regulations affecting food and beverage labs
2.1 Globally recognized food safety standards
2.2 Regulations and laws around the world
2.3 Other influencing factors
3. Choosing laboratory informatics software for your food and beverage lab
3.1 Evaluation and selection
3.2 Implementation
3.3 MSW, updates, and other contracted services
3.4 How a user requirements specification fits into the entire process (LIMSpec)
4. Resources for selecting and implementing informatics solutions
4.1 LIMS vendors
4.2 Consultants
4.3 Professional
4.4 LIMSpec
5. Taking the next step
5.1 Conduct initial research into a specification document tailored to your lab's needs
5.2 Issue some of the specification as part of a request for information (RFI)
5.3 Respond to or open dialogue with vendors
5.4 Finalize the requirements specification and choose a vendor
6. Closing remarks
6.1 Recap and closing
7. Appendix 1. Blank LIMSpec template for food and beverage labs
A1. Introduction and methodology
A2. Primary laboratory workflow
A3. Maintaining laboratory workflow and operations
A4. Specialty laboratory functions
A5. Technology and performance improvements
A6. Security and integrity of systems and operations
A7. Putting those requirements to practical use and caveats
A8. LIMSpec in Microsoft Word format