Equipment Commissioning

Laboratory Equipment commissioning is an essential part of of the  equipment procurement process that ensures a good foundation for equipment reliability, performance and  length of usage life. It requires an allocated budget, time, and trained personnel, and must be considered within the scope of the overall procurement program.

Commissioning of newly acquired equipment also helps to deal with faults and malfunctions that are not the responsibility of the customer but could be a factory or design error that has sneaked its way through design qualification and factory acceptance tests. Faults can also arise during transportation as well as the transfer of environmentally sensitive equipment from different climatic environments to be used in another part of the world where environmental conditions are completely different. We therefore encourage all our valued customers to consider independent equipment commissioning to avoid potential losses posed by avoidable pre-installation faults. 

At BSM Technics we  help our customers to perform  Equipment Commissioning that will leave our customers confident with their equipment knowing that they have documented evidence that proves their acquired units are fit for purpose and no damage has been caused prior to their installation or during installation. In order to fulfil that for our customers, the following procedures make up our overall commissioning process;

  • Installation Qualification (IQ):  This is fulfilled by following a protocol  designed to verify the proper installation and configuration of an equipment and its Operation  System. During this process we also ensure that necessary files have been loaded, equipment has been installed and tested. ​

  • The Operational Qualification (OQ):  The protocol  here is a set of test used to verify the proper functionality of the equipment and the processes it is designed to run. Operational Qualification is mainly focused on the design and functionality of the unit or equipment and is usually performed when the unit is not loaded  or released for use.

  • ​Performance Qualifications (PQ):  This protocol outlines a series of tests to be carried out to verify that a system performs as expected under real user conditions. In this instance the equipment is put under real everyday use programs and the results are documented as evidence of the fitness for purpose​ of the unit. Please NOTE; Performance Qualification is normally the responsibility of the customer as they know the processes that they run and we can help to monitor the programme, keeping a record of the parameters at work during the process.

At BSM Technics, we carry out commissioning on a number of Medical & Laboratory Equipment and the following are examples;

  • Fridges/Freezers

  • Incubators

  • Ovens

  • Stability Cabinets

  • Temperature Monitoring Systems.

What is included with Commissioning

After the commissioning of each unit, the following are issued;

  • Calibration Certificate for each calibration carried out during the process.

  • A IQOQPQ Protocol (in form of a file or folder - hard & soft copies) with all the documented evidence of the data accumulated during the execution of the IQOQPQ Protocol

  • Technical advise/Recommendations if needed.

  • A Commissioning Sticker affixed to the unit.


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