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Developer(s) Bika Lab Systems (Pty) Ltd., SENAITE Foundation
Written in Python, Plone, Zope[1][2]
Type Laboratory informatics software
License(s) GNU General Public License v2.0[3]

Bika LIMS is an open-source laboratory information management system (LIMS) developed by Bika Lab Systems (Pty) Ltd. and, tangentially, the SENAITE Foundation.

In October 2017, companies Riding Bytes and Naralabs began collaborating on an open-source derivative of Bika LIMS, citing how the application had grown "monolithic" in nature, "which hinders maintenance tasks and makes it harder for newcomers to contribute to the project."[1][2] They envisioned an open-source LIMS that was more modular and developed under a specific set of coding standard, making it easier to maintain and contribute to. SENAITE was the end result[1][2], and Bika LIMS developer Bika Lab Systems inevitably decided to migrate to SENAITE as Bika's back-end code.[4] The software has been designed for multiple industries, including the cannabis testing industry (as an add-on).


Per the company's website, Bika LIMS is suitable for cannabis testing labs because of the following features[5]:

  • ISO/IEC 17025-compliant
  • additional attributes for strain, lot number, cultivation batch, and more
  • bulk upload support for sample batches and images
  • support for entering licensing information for the lab and clients, including fields for ID, registration number, and issuing authority
  • customizable certificates of analysis
  • integration with METRC and other cultivation, seed-to-sale, etc. systems via an API
  • highlights results that are beyond configured regulatory specifications
  • forensic-quality chain-of-custody tracking
  • additional unit conversions for edibles
  • interface support for Shimadzu, Agilent, and other vendor instruments

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