At Illumina, we understand the changing regulatory landscape and strive to provide solutions to help our customers comply with standards and regulations. It’s important for laboratories to maintain compliance by adopting well-documented qualification protocols for their Illumina instruments.
To develop our Installation and Operational Qualification and Performance Qualification (IQ/OQ/PQ) Services, we carefully conducted numerous experiments for each Illumina instrument. These procedures tested and validated each critical component, set cut-off metrics, and verified these metrics to confirm operation and performance in accordance with Illumina specifications.
|Qualification Recommended Intervals
|Installation Qualification (IQ)
|Provides documented verification that the instrument is installed according to our specifications and safety regulations. During the IQ, a trained engineer confirms that the latest supported firmware and software versions were installed, verifies instrument setup and accessory logistics, checks that physical and environmental safety conditions are met, and provides a signed, audit-ready, digital document.
|Operational Qualification (OQ)
|Follows a comprehensive, well-defined protocol to make sure that the system is functioning according to our preset and validated operational specifications. The OQ protocol was developed and validated in Illumina labs and is updated after each instrument hardware and software release, so you receive the most up-to-date service. Critical aspects of the OQ include motion, optics, fluidics, and thermal qualifications
|Performance Qualification (PQ)
|Follows a comprehensive, well-defined protocol to make sure that the instrument is functioning according to our preset and validated performance specifications. The PQ protocol was developed and validated in Illumina labs and is updated after each instrument hardware and software release, so you receive the most up-to-date service. Critical aspects of the PQ include a PhiX data run (including projected yield total), data quality, and any additional comments.
|After any qualified major repair
|After maintenance, replacement, or upgrade of selected modules
Illumina Qualification Services offer more than conventional preventive maintenance (PM) or system health checks. They help make sure that your sequencer is installed and operating according to manufacturer specifications and provide a signed, audit-ready, digital document.Download Plan Comparison
As part of the CAP Accreditation Program, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory General Checklist recommends that labs perform functional checks and performance verifications to confirm that an instrument operates according to specifications. These checks are required at certain intervals, including upon installation, before routine use, and after repair or adjustments. For details and additional guidance, refer to the CAP Laboratory General Checklist.Download Checklist
|Illumina Qualification Service
|Tests for proper installation
|Provides certificate of tool calibration (upon customer request)
|Provides installation checklist or PM certificate
|Provides certificate of maintenance inspection & pass/fail justification
|Evidence of passing criteria is available in associated instrument output files
|Provides engineer training certificate upon customer request
|Provides signed, digital certificate of qualification upon customer request
|Delivers a signed, audit-ready, digital document
|Helps comply with US FDA/GxP predicate rules and 21 CFR §58.63 Subpart D, ISO 17025, ISO 15189, and others
|Provides 10-year document archive of procedure