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Harnessing the Power of Electronic Batch Records: bioMérieux’s EBR Journey

Life science professional using EBR system on portable device.Success in life sciences manufacturing depends on meticulous record-keeping and data integrity. For bioMérieux, a leading innovator in diagnostic solutions, paper-based batch records posed a significant obstacle to efficiency. In this insightful Q&A, Sebastian Roussel, business process owner at bioMérieux, delves into the company's transition to an electronic batch record (EBR) system, powered by MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence (Mx). Below are some of the highlights of bioMérieux’s experience with electronic batch records.

Paper Pains

Prior to adopting EBR software, bioMérieux relied on paper batch records, which presented several obstacles:

  • Limited Data Accessibility: Information retrieval and analysis were time-consuming and inefficient.
  • Data Integrity Concerns: Equipment data lacked a direct link and had to be entered manually, increasing the risk of errors.
  • Lack of Flexibility: Adapting processes to evolving regulations and industry standards was cumbersome.

Modern EBR Software: A Winning Choice

After evaluating various EBR software solutions, bioMérieux selected MasterControl’s electronic batch record solution for their:

  • Compliance-Ready Features: Ensures alignment with quality regulations and standards.
  • Continuous Evolution: Keeps pace with industry advancements, minimising validation workload.
  • No-Code Interface: Simplifies user adoption and reduces training needs.

Seamless EBR Software Implementation

bioMérieux implemented its EBR software solution through a pilot programme focused on two key activities conducted at a single pilot site. The six-month process involved:

  • A Phased Approach: The company minimised disruption by starting with the pilot and gradually expanding usage.
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Integration: Seamless data flow between essential systems was ensured for improved efficiency.
  • User Training: bioMérieux equipped personnel with the skills to leverage the EBR system effectively.

The Power of Electronic Batch Records

Electronic batch records have transformed bioMérieux's manufacturing processes by:

  • Enhancing Data Integrity: Real-time equipment integration eliminates manual data entry errors.
  • Improving Efficiency: Streamlined recordkeeping and faster data analysis save valuable time.
  • Simplifying Compliance: Automated workflows ensure adherence to regulatory requirements.
  • Adding Flexibility: The adaptable platform readily accommodates process changes and future needs.

Beyond EBR System Implementation

bioMérieux's success is extending well beyond the adoption of its advanced EBR system thanks to:

  • Data-Driven Insights: Comprehensive data facilitates informed decision-making and overall quality improvements.
  • Positive User Feedback: The EBR system has received enthusiastic endorsement from operators and administrators alike.
  • Continuous Improvement: Ongoing collaboration with MasterControl ensures optimization and support.

bioMérieux’s Future With EBR Software: An Investment in Quality

EBR software is not just about technology; it's about reinforcing a commitment to quality. As Roussel emphasised, "BioMérieux sells medical devices that impact lives... the quality of our products is of utmost importance."

With all the necessary tools now in place, bioMérieux aims to:

  • Expand Usage: Implement its EBR system across all European reagent manufacturing sites by 2025.
  • Explore New Possibilities: Leverage MasterControl's capabilities for broader manufacturing needs.

Key Takeaways From bioMérieux's EBR Journey

bioMérieux's experience demonstrates the transformative power of EBR software solutions. By adopting technologies that are well-suited to meeting specific business needs and prioritising user adoption, life sciences manufacturers can achieve:

  • Enhanced data integrity and compliance.
  • Improved efficiency and quality.
  • Agile responsiveness to industry changes.
  • Ultimately, better patient outcomes.

If you're considering making the change to electronic batch records, bioMérieux's story offers valuable insights into the selection process, implementation strategies, and the long-term benefits of EBR software. Read the full Q&A with bioMérieux Business Process Owner Sebastian Roussel to learn what an advanced, efficient EBR system can do for your organisation.


James Jardine is the editor of the GxP Lifeline blog and the marketing content team manager at MasterControl, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based quality, manufacturing, and compliance software solutions. He has covered life sciences, technology and regulatory matters for MasterControl and various industry publications since 2007. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from the University of Utah. Prior to joining MasterControl, James held several senior communications, operations, and development positions. Working for more than a decade in the non-profit sector, he served as the Utah/Idaho director of communications for the American Cancer Society and as the Utah Food Bank’s grants and contracts manager.

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