Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) Exception Process Open for Business

June 26, 2019 8:15 am

ELN Exception Process Open for Business
We are pleased to announce that BWH and MGH PIs currently using electronic lab notebook systems other than LabArchives may submit an exception or variance request effective immediately. Requests will be accepted through July 31, 2019 at the following link: https://rc.partners.org/eln/exceptions. The ELN Oversight Committee will review requests on a rolling basis and expects to communicate decisions to PIs no later than September 15, 2019. 

Exemption or variance requests will be approved under the following conditions:

  • If the lab, research group or department cannot use LabArchives due to technical or documented business constraints, or
  • Has sufficiently demonstrated maintenance of data integrity through systems or processes that meet the Research Data Electronic Systems/ELN Minimum Standards set forth in the Partners Electronic Lab Notebook Policy (available on Archer.)

Please answer all questions on the Online Request Form. Depending on your system, Information Security may initiate a Risk Assessment and will request additional information from you and completion of a Risk Assessment Risk form. To ensure your exception request is considered on a timely basis, please submit this form promptly. Additional information is available on the Research IS Risk Assessment page

Other ELN News

  • There are new and improved FAQs (https://rc.partners.org/eln/faqs) based on questions the ELN Support Team has received from researchers. We encourage you to review this helpful resource and to send additional questions to the ELN Support Team (edcsupport@partners.org).
  • There is also a chart (https://rc.partners.org/eln/compare) that compares LabArchives with other Partners Enterprise Applications that support LabArchives functionality, e.g., provide data storage solutions. 
  • In response to questions from the clinical research community, we have updated the clinical research guidance (PDF located on https://rc.partners.org/eln) to identify what must be documented in LabArchives. It is important to remember that you are not required to store all primary Research Data in LabArchives. REDCap and Dropbox will continue to be supporting solutions. At a minimum, you are required to document in LabArchives where/how data are generated, stored, accessed, and analyzed.