Electronic Lab Notebook

Industry challenge

Ensuring the accuracy and consistency of laboratory data such that it complies with regulations like FDA 21 CFR Part 11, GLP & GMP is a challenge for many organisations. When using a paper-based system, development, version control, approval and distribution of SOPs and worksheets are open to errors, and manual data searching/documentation is extremely time consuming.

When working in an on-site digital environment, security is a great issue, as healthcare and pharmaceutical databases are increasingly subjected to cyber attacks. Moving to the cloud is a great solution, as this not only places the responsibility of security at the provider, but also allows recovery of files.

The cloud also provides the ability to scale up easily, removing the ceiling imposed by on-site storeage. Lastly, it supports data-intense research and development.

Introducing the correct electronic system will reduce the burden of complying with the applicable regulations, prevent the reporting of invalid data, and make better use of laboratory resources.

Author-e pharma solution

The Author-e Pharma solution is an Electronic Lab Notebook & Collaboration Tool for regulated laboratory environments. It serves as a single platform for the management of all quality-related documents and the collection of both structured and unstructured data. As a consequence, the Author-e Pharma solution can be used in both QA/QC and R&D laboratories.

For QA/QC laboratories the Author-e Pharma solution migrates all existing documents such as SOPs and worksheets into a controlled electronic environment. Using workflows ensures the correct procedures are used to create, maintain and release procedural documents and worksheets.

For R&D laboratories the Author-e Pharma solution offers a collaboration tool that simplifies the collection and sharing of experimental data while securing the intellectual property rights.

To comply with regulations related to FDA 21 Part 11 and GLP/GMP, the Author-e Pharma solution includes functions such as audit trail, change control, and e-signature.

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Create, review and approve documents. Using workflows and tasks, insights in progress of e-learning documents and modules can be gained through the notification center.

Multi-channel publications. E-learning documents and modules can be published to multiple formats, such as Word, PDF, e-Pub, HTML and XML. This ensures any organizational requirement regarding publications can be met.

Central layout management. Templates and centralized standardization of fonts, font size, captions, text alignment and spacing ensure that all your documents are consistent with your corporate identity and organizational standards. Forms can be used to standardize data input.

Reusability of content. Sections and documents can be embedded in other documents. This enables modifications to documents to be reflected in all documents that use them, eliminating double maintenance, copy-pasting and confusion about what is the latest version.  

Simultaneous writing. Authors can work on the same document at the same time. This prevents locking of documents, thus increasing efficiency.

Version control. All previous versions of documents and files are retained, and can be restored if necessary. This is absolutely necessary to comply with norms and legislation, and allows you to look back at documents that were effective in the past.

User access management. Roles & rights can be defined not only at the document level, but also at the section level. These rights are automatically inherited to sub-sections. This allows enforcement of refined access policies.

Digital signatures. Workflows can be coupled with digitally signing off tasks. This, combined with version control, ensures traceability of actions, as well as accountability.