Wow! I assume you are looking for an abridged version…I will assume that you are following some SDLC and you will have validation plan .
One thing you can do is to group equipment into families and then validate one piece of equipment in the family. Then making a flying leap that all equipment in the family is validated for the LIMS. Well not really a flying leap, the equipment should be the same (notice I didn’t say identical); the flying leap is the logical persuasion you use to define same. You can also write a procedure on how to add another, say HPLC, to the LIMS. That way you can release the LIMS into production before everything is validated. It can kill a project to require every piece of equipment to be validated on a LIMS before going live. That means you have to write into your validation plan how you intend to control this go live period.
You are correct that LIMS can be modular in design. Hopefully, you have somebody who understands the software and the underlying data requirements. You can also specify in your plan to validate data collection first with release criteria, then training or calibration. One thing I have learned, define what you intend to do in your plan and then follow your plan. The FDA loves it when you don’t follow your plan and provide no explanation for not following.
I got pulled away in the middle of this…