This package provides a command line for interfacing systems to SENAITE LIMS across the serial RS-232 communications port.

This interface is compliant with the industry supported standard CLSI (Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, formerly NCCLS) LIS1-A “Specification for Low-Level Protocol to Transfer Messages Between Clinical Laboratory Instruments and Computer Systems”, a revision of ASTM E1381-02.

However, this tool is meant to be generic enough so it can be extended with other communication protocols and standards.


In 2001, ASTM Committee E31 decided to restructure its operations, with the intent of focusing on standards-development issues such as security, privacy, and the electronic health record. Part of the reorganization plan was to transfer responsibility for E31.13 standards to NCCLS. Following this transfer, standard ASTM E1381 was redesignated as NCCLS standards LIS1.

This command line tool works together with senaite.lis2a, an add-on that enables the reception and interpretation of CLSI LIS2-A2 messages for SENAITE LIMS.

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