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Initially, LIMS software was developed for research and commercial laboratories where the samples analyzed were standalone items completely unrelated to any other items under examination.
In criminal investigations, physical evidence is more often viewed collectively. This may involve multiple reports from various disciplines requiring differing timelines and sequencing of examinations.
The implementation of LIMS in forensic laboratories necessitated the development of enhanced features to accommodate the complexity of forensic analyses, specifically:
- Examination results may indicate further examinations and analyses (within same discipline or in a different discipline).
- Results may indicate additional requested examinations are unnecessary.
- Some evidence can be examined only after the arrival of additional evidence items.