The SiLA standards cover the specifications that make devices exchangeable. But what is a standard without a guarantee, that the product claiming to be compliant actually is?
So SiLA is going this extra mile and not only proposes on how to achieve compatibility but also delivers rules and regulations to prove its claims. SiLA not only defines a standard but also delivers the infrastructure where suppliers will get support from an independent validation authority to prove its claims.
Migration of legacy devices and certification of SiLA compliant devices
By supporting three different integration levels, SiLA provides a unique, standardized interface between lab automation devices/sub-systems and systems controls. SiLA compliance can be achieved by providing SiLA drivers, interface converters or native, directly embedded SiLA device interfaces.
Organization of SiLA Certification Office
- Accreditation of test sites
- Establishment of a quality management system and test procedures
Properties of a Test site
- Independence and detachedness of the test site
- Technical expertise, adequate space, equipment and test tools
- The accreditation is valid for two years
Testing Procedure and Costs
- Costs for test services are determined by the test sites themselves, depending on the tests to be performed. A manufacturer contracts a testsite only based on his preferences
- SiLA conformance is tested based on test spec using a SiLA test tool
- Test results have to be treated as strictly confidential
Certification of products
- Based on a test report (which testifies SiLA-compliance of a product), SiLA certification office issues a compliance certificate
- Certification is protected by IP-rights and granted based on a certification fee
- The fee varies depending on membership status and may be granted to non-members at a higher rate