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The role of packaging and labelling in the pharmaceutical industry has grown substantially over the past decade. In 2002, the overall demand for pharmaceutical packaging reached $15 billion. This is an increase of close to 50 per cent since 1996. This market growth from 2004 till 2008 is dependent upon implementing effective strategies.

By attending our second conference - ‘Pharmaceutical Packaging and Labelling’ you will hear representatives from regulatory agencies to discuss the merits of real time learning paradigms and current innovation on an interactive global platform. The event will look at how to communicate information and instructions to the consumer, effective packaging design and ensuring it meets the criteria in terms of usability. This forum will also cover topical issues such as risk management and will take a look at some of the issues surrounding security.


The conference holds a high appeal for anyone trying to stay at the forefront of developments, from technical/engineering issues, to manufacturing, from quality assurance and compliance to security and safety.

Hear contributions from leading industry experts, including:

  • Danny Lee-Frost, Head, Enforcement, Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Andrew Jackson, Deputy Head, Global Corporate Security, Novartis
  • Peter Mayberry, Executive Director, Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council
  • Dr John Gill, Chief Scientist, Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
  • Stephen Wilkins, Chief Executive, Child Safety Packaging Group
  • Ross Hall, Chief Executive Officer, BT Auto-ID Services

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Peter Mayberry

Peter Mayberry, Executive Director, Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (H C P C)

9:10 REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS

Danny Lee-Frost

Danny Lee-Frost, Senior Enforcement Officer, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

  • A global perspective
  • Enforcement and anti-counterfeiting
  • What is being achieved?
  • What can be achieved?
  • Future prospects
  • 9:50 THE IMPACT OF THE NEW EUROPEAN MEDICINES LEGISLATION ON PHARMACEUTICAL LABELLING, PACKAGING, NAMING STANDARDS AND PARALLEL IMPORT ISSUES

  • Legal and regulatory changes
  • Centralised, MRP and national authorisations
  • Harmonisation of SmPCs
  • EU harmonisation procedure/the new harmonised SmPC-format
  • Global naming standards
  • Packaging and labelling provisions
  • Readability - braille
  • Parallel import: re-labelling and repackaging issues
  • Klaas Bisschop

    Klaas Bisschop, Partner, Lovells

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 ADHERENCE WITH PHARMACEUTICAL REGIMENS AND THE ROLE PACKAGING CAN PLAY IN ADDRESSING THIS GLOBAL PROBLEM

    Peter Mayberry

    Peter Mayberry, Executive Director, Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (H C P C)

  • In developed countries, adherence rates for most pharmaceutical regimens are less than 50%, in developing countries the problem is even worse
  • Annual economic and health losses associated with non-adherence are staggering
  • Demographic factors such as age, sex and/or disease state play little role in non-adherence
  • Pharmaceutical packaging can be designed in formats that have been proven to prompt adherence
  • 11:40 COMPLIANCE ENHANCED PACKAGING

    Thomas Dries

    Thomas Dries, Chairman, Health Compliance Packaging Council & Market Development Manager, Honeywell Speciality Films

  • Summary of OECD indicators 2005
  • Overview of drug packaging functionality’s 
        - Definition of compliance-enhanced packaging with examples 
        - Definition of child-resistant (CR) packaging with examples
  • Voice of elderly outpatients (Study of Professor Schoberberger at the University of Vienna)
  • Voice of the patient (performed by a German pharmacy)
  • Market analyses of German Rx-tradepacks with emphasis on compliance-enhanced and CR-features
  • Overview of new regulatory (EU) related to drug packaging
  • Drug packaging of the future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 TRANSFORMING THE PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

    Ross Hall

    Ross Hall, Chief Executive Officer, BT Auto-ID Services

  • Assessing the impact upon patient safety
  • Sharing packaging line data to all users throughout the supply chain - best practices
  • What does the data mean?
  • What are the potential issues associated with sharing this data?
  • 14:30 PATIENT SAFETY

  • Problems of the supply chain – counterfeiting, batch recall and re-packaging
  • Counterfeit lipitor discovery
  • How Pfizer is trying to protect patients
  • The safety chain
  • Andrew Richmond

    Andrew Richmond, Associate Director, European Commercial Distribution, Pfizer Ltd

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PACKAGING AND LABELLING - STRATEGIES TO PREVENT COUNTERFEITING

    Andrew Jackson

    Andrew Jackson, Deputy Head, Global Corporate Security, Novartis

  • How best to leverage internal corporate functions to tackle counterfeiting
  • Conducting effective investigations that produce results
  • Liaison with public authorities (health, regulatory, enforcement)
  • Public affairs/communication – raising awareness, training
  • The role of technology – help or hindrance?
  • 16:20 TACKLING DRUG COUNTERFEITING WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES

    Philippe Jordan

    Philippe Jordan, VP Sales & Business Development, Alpvision

  • Confidential: recent Washington Post disclosure - invisible dots enabling to track secretly every copied and printed documents
  • The Cryptoglyph technology: an invisible security feature using visible ink
  • Business case: how some of the top pharmaceutical companies are starting to secure some of their drugs with Cryptoglyph
  • Identifying all your counterfeited cases in real time all over the world
  • First time demonstration in the UK: package authentication using cell phone digital cameras
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks Reception Supported by: Cardinal Health

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:10 RFID STANDARDS IN PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING

    David Lyon

    David Lyon, Line of Business Manager, GS1 UK

  • The work of the UK RFID packaging work group
  • An overview of GS1 and our bar code heritage
  • EPCglobal and RFID standards
  • The standards being developed for RFID in our healthcare and life sciences work group
  • 9:50 ESTABLISHING PRODUCT AUTHENTICITY

    Russell Cowburn

    Russell Cowburn, Professor, Nanotechnology, Imperial College London

  • Most traditional methods for establishing the authenticity of documents and high value products rely on some manufacturing process which is difficult to reproduce
  • Using new technology, the Laser Surface Authentication system (LSA TM) is able to rapidly analyse the surface of any item and read a unique digital serial code for the item.
  • Using new technology, the Laser Surface Authentication system (LSA TM) is able to rapidly analyse the surface of any item and read a unique digital serial code for the item.
  • This code, which has been described as being like a fingerprint, is unique for every document, card and carton and can be used to uniquely and unambiguously identify the item.
  • The serial code is naturally-occurring and therefore no modification to manufacturing process required – no barcodes or RFID required for unique authentication
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NANOTECHNOLOGY-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTHCARE AUTHENTICATION

    Dr Jim  Rittenburg

    Dr Jim Rittenburg, Vice President, Authentix

  • Integrating technologies, devices and test kits into effective programmes
  • Protecting both the product and it’s packaging
  • Insertion of high security nanotechnologies with minimal impact on current manufacturing processes
  • Quantum photonic markers
  • Molecular recognition markers
  • Mass differentiated markers
  • 11:40 OUTSOURCING PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING

    Steve Facer

    Steve Facer, Regional Sales Director, Cardinal Health

  • Drivers for outsourcing
  • Strategic vs ad hoc outsourcing
  • The Virtual Factory – the key to a strong relationship
  • Integrating packaging with outsourced services
  • Future trends
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE ROLE OF INNOVATIVE LABEL TECHNOLOGIES IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

    Thomas  Voelcker

    Thomas Voelcker, Marketing & Sales Director, Schreiner Group

  • Analysing the objectives of the integration anti-counterfeiting technologies
  • Three security levels of protection technologies
  • Examples of overt, covert and forensic security features
  • Tracing - base technologies and performance characters
  • How to implement authenticity and tracing technologies
  • 14:30 DEVELOPING PATIENT FRIENDLY CHILD RESISTANT PACKAGING

    Stephen Wilkins

    Stephen Wilkins, Chief Executive, Child Safety Packaging Group

  • Review of world-wide CR legislation
  • Cost effective CR packaging solutions
  • Evolution of regulatory issues on a global platform
  • Product usability
  • 14:30 DIGITAL SECURITY FEATURES AND PHARMACEUTICAL VALIDATION OF DIGITAL PRINTING

    Danny Dams

    Danny Dams, Catergory Manager Industrial Print Europe, Hewlett Packard

  • Variable security features are the passport of a pharmaceutical product that forms the ultimate defence against counterfeiting
  • Digital printing allows high quality printing in short customised batches
  • Hp offers total solution including workflow, printing, finishing and inspection
  • The validation pack enables compliance with FDA/EU regulations
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 PACKAGING DESIGNED FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

    Dr John Gill

    Dr John Gill, Chief Scientist, Royal National Institute of the Blind

  • Demographics
  • Visual presentation (e.g. choice of fonts)
  • Directive on braille labelling
  • Processes of adding braille
  • Patient information leaflets in alternative formats
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

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