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    Bika LIMS Benefits

    • Real-time analysis and sample tracking
    Shorten turn-around time
    Increase lab capacity
    • Eliminate human error
    Improve accuracy and certainty
    Data at your finger tips
    Reduced administration and maintenance
    • Easy accreditation
    Enhanced quality control
    ISO 17025 ready
    • Unsurpassed client satisfaction
    • Low cost of ownership
    Free public license
    Unlimited users
    No license fees
    • Customised to requirement
    • Easy installation
    No desktop disruption
    No on-site technicians required
    Easy integration with downstream systems
    • Robust industry-standard Linux
    State of the art security
    • Easy to use · Web based
    • Central Web portal management
    Document version control
    Easy browser based editing of training material, SOPs, promotions, news and events
    The power of Plone CMS
    • Professional support
    No vendor lock-in
    Dynamic Open Source community

    Bika Features

    Bika web based Open Source LIMS flow diagram 2016

    • Workflow
    Batching per project, work order or case
    Sample partitioning and storage, chain of custody
    Analysis prioritisation
    Pending task alerts
    Upload microscope photos, raw data and other file attachments to individual results, analysis requests, worksheets and batches
    Results invalidation and retesting workflow

    Analysis statuses: sampled, preserved, received,
    assigned, cancelled, to be verified, verified,
    invalid and published
    • Bika Roles
    Configurable roles and authorisation using
    Plone's unrivalled security
    : Client contacts, lab clerks, samplers, preservers, analysts, verifiers, publishers, lab managers, regulatory inspectors and system administrators
    • User Interfaces
    Web based, multilingual browser access
    Android tablet user interface
    Results by email, PDF, Fax, CSV and SMS
    Results graphed per analysis and sample point
    Powerful live search engine
    Import legacy and configuration data
    • Automation
    Instrument interfaces
    Barcode printing and scanning
    ERP and accounts integration
    Bulk analysis request imports
    Preservation & container automation

    Templates for sampling rounds, analysis profiles and requests, worksheets and reference specifications

    Configurable calculations and worksheet
    adjustment factors

    Configurable regular full and incremental backups
    • Total Quality Management
    Method, analysis and instrument integrity
    Reference analyses and specifications
    Instrument calibration certificates, maintenance
    Product specifications
    Out of range alerts
    QC reports and graphs
    Logs and audit trails
    • Finance & Management
    Invoices. Exports
    Supply Inventory and Orders
    Batching per production run, production stage reports
    Late analysis alerts and turnaround reports
    Price lists
    Management and efficiency reports. Queries
    PDF and spreadsheet exports
    • Web corner
    Utilising the portal content management features inherited from the Plone framework Bika is built in, powerful document management and capacity building tools are available to support laboratories in building and sustaining expertise

    It’s a highly robust and secure platform - benefiting from the speed, reliability and power of Linux

    What sets Bika apart

    Global status tracking · Integrated CMS


    ISO 17025 ready

    Tailor-made · LiveSearch

    Price · Support · Open Source

    Help centre, manuals, training and support on-line

    Secure · SSL encryption·Digital site certification

    [FSF Associate Member]

    Free Software Foundation
    associate member 

    Demonstration Installations

    Universal ISO 17025 ready LIMS
    Brochure Lite 1.9 MB pdf, Print 6.2 MB

    Bika Health - open source web based LIMS  for health laboratories
    Bika 'LIS' for Health care laboratories, CLIA ready
    Brochures Lite 1.7 MB pdf, Print 4.2 MB
    • Patients, clinical Cases, Doctors & Referring institutions
    • Medical history, treatments, immunizations, allergies and travel
    • Publish results to referring institutions, doctors and patients as applicable
    • Life threat alerts
    • ICD Symptom and disease classification
    • Patient privacy
    • CLIA and EMR ready
    • Case Reports
    • Patient history graphs

    Bika 3 User manual

    Download and Install

     Installation Guides


     Bika LIMS  Bika Health

    Bika Customers say

    BBK – Certified wine bottling co-operative. Worcester, South Africa. Adel Stander, Lab Manager:
    Quick, easy and hassle free. The Bika LIMS halved our paper work. The automated results publication, instrument interfaces and query functions are winners. Our analysts spend their time much more productively in the lab and far less on client queries. Highly efficient.
    Sri Lanka Medical Research Institute. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dr. Uditha Perera, Medical Officer:
    You will not be able to get this kind of support even if you pay millions of rupees to commercial software companies to develop a LIMS.
    Dr. Anil Samaranayake, Director:
    After the success and high levels of user enthusiasm and satisfaction we are in the process of introducing the system to all departments. The Pharmacology department is now run entirely through the system without any paper-based backups taking place. We are satisfied that the quality of the final product is acceptable for the purpose for which it is intended.
    Quantum Analytical Services. Malmesbury, South Africa
    Chemical and microbiological analytical services in the agricultural industry to Sub-Saharan Africa. Patrick Griffiths, CEO:
    In all my years of laboratory management I have rarely come across a similar situation where mutual trust and an honest desire to look after the interests of a client is placed before financial gain.
    Centro de Investigación en Contaminación Ambiental, IAEA, Argentina
    Bika Inkosi in pesticide residue and contaminant analysis of soil and water in Central and Latin America by the IAEA's Food and Environmental Protection program. Marcos Cruz, IAEA fellow:
    I acknowledge the great work they have done on this product. Working under the Open Source philosophy, is very comfortable because it is a way to share and show work. I thank each of you for your knowledge, care and commitment. I congratulate you as a human and professional group.
    The City of uMhlathuze. KZN, South Africa. Public water quality management laboratory. Neeran Maharaj, Lab Manager:
    Bika Water is an Open Source leader in this lab discipline.
    South African Wine Laboratory Association. Inter-laboratory round-robin proficiency testing. Altus Schreuder, Chairman:
    Your expertise and attitude continue to impress. I'm really happy to be on board with Bika.
    Tecnologías Informáticas Productivas, Guatamala. Guillermo Arana, Manager Training and Technical Support:
    Sois LA BOMBA! (You are THE BOMB!)
    Bika Interlab thumbnail
    Web-based LIMS for inter-laboratory proficiency testing
    Bika Interlab 2 is currently nearing completion and will be available as hosted solution at Please page over there to participate in PT Rounds or host your own

    SaaS · Cloud based

    Hosted LIMS Service

        • Low risk and capital outlay
        • Simplify budgets and pricing
        • Unlimited users
        • Full functionality branded to lab colours
        • No technical personnel required on site

    Bika Server

    On-site server per broadband Internet connection

    Implementation, training and start-up support · Email, dial-in, screen sharing, on-line issue tracking and telephonic user and technical support buckets

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