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The role of packaging and labelling in the pharmaceutical industry has grown substantially over the past decade as a defence mechanism against counterfeiting, to ensure patient safety and as an ambassador for the drug contained within.

With that in mind, The SMi Group are proud to annouce our 3rd Annual Pharma Packaging and Labelling Conference. By attending, you will hear about current innovation on an interactive global platform.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to hear from:

  • Viliam Kovac, Vice President, Quality Management Global Logistics, Roche
  • Satish Rajkondawar, Director, Industrial Affairs, Sanofi Aventis India
  • Dietmar Weitzel, Associate Director, Global Packaging Development, Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics
  •  Monika Derecque-Pois, Director General, European Association of Full-Line Wholesalers in Europe (GIRP)
  • Dr Claudia Okeke, Scientific Fellow, USP
  • Stephen Wilkins, Secretary General, Child Safe Packaging Group
  • Dr John Gill OBE, Chief Scientist, National Institutes of the Blind
Key issues that will be addressed at the conference, include:
  • ADVANCES IN PACKAGING TECHNOLOGIES: Learn about the latest developments in pharmaceutical packaging including cost, robustness and handling issues
  • OUTSOURCING: How do you choose the right partner to package and label your product? What issues must you consider and how can you ensure efficient communication?
  • LEGISLATION: Stay up to date with the latest legislation. Ensure you are in compliance with all regulations including packaging inserts
  • ANTI-COUNTERFEITING AND TRACKING: Listen to the latest strategies and technologies in product security and authentication
  • PRODUCT SAFETY & EASE OF USE: Discover how to make your product safe for children and the visually impaired
    NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES: Meet leading experts and learn from their experience and expertise


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Stephen Wilkins

Stephen Wilkins, Secretary General, Child Safe Packaging Group

9:10 SAFETY & SECURITY IN PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING - HOW TO RUIN YOUR BUSINESS

Graham Satchwell

Graham Satchwell, Managing Director, Proco Solutions

  • How can you provide a cost effective and efficient method to serve all significant needs?
  • Errors. The cost. How to damage all stakeholders.
  • How to waste money on anti-counterfeiting features
  • How to risk patient safety & repackaging issues
  • Evolving design in a vacuum
  • 'Bees around the honey pot?’ - A better way for manufacturers
  • 9:50 PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING MATERIALS AND CONTAINERS

    Dietmar Weitzel

    Dietmar Weitzel, Associate Director, Global Packaging Development, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

  • How do you choose the correct material or container for your product?
  • Novel materials and specifications
  • Aspects of printing
  • Storage parameters and efficacy
  • Clinical trials in-house printing with support of SAP
  • Tips, hints and solutions
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 AN UPDATE ON USP PACKAGING ISSUES

    Dr Claudia Okeke

    Dr Claudia Okeke, Scientific Fellow, USP

  • USP and USP standards
  • Current USP activities in packaging
  • Current storage and labelling proposals
  • Future activities
  • 11:40 PACKAGE INSERTS

    Peter Mayberry

    Peter Mayberry, Executive Director, The Pharmaceutical Printed Literature Association

  • An overview of new regulations from the US Food and Drug Administration
  • The most sweeping changes in US Rx labelling requirements in 25 years
  • Applies to all newly-developed drugs and all drugs approved over the past five years
  • Learn what FDA now requires, and when those requirements take effect
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 ENSURING EFFICIENCY AND ROBUSTNESS IN INJECTION MANUFACTURING

    Satish Rajkondawar

    Satish Rajkondawar, Director, Industrial Affairs, Sanofi-Aventis

  • Changing organization and culture
  • End-to-end process understanding
  • Process integration
  • Technology Integration
  • Science -based decision making
  • Ensuring value-driven compliance
  • Advances in facility design, equipment design and validation technology
  •  Metrics for measuring efficiency and robustness
  • 14:30 OUTSOURCING

  • What should you look for in a packaging partner?
  • How do you ensure that they are the best option for your product?
  • What services are offered and how will they benefit you?
  • Overcoming pitfalls in communication
  • Steve Facer

    Steve Facer, Regional Sales Director, Cardinal Health

    Gareth Lewis

    Gareth Lewis, Key Account Manager, Cardinal Health

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 NOVEL PACKAGING TECHNOLOGIES

    Ralph Dillon

    Ralph Dillon, Director, Compliance Surety Associates

  • Novel procedures and machines
  • Man hours vs cost
  • Equipment reliability
  • Ease of instillation
  • Legislative requirements and compliance to GMP
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, followed by drinks reception

    Stephen Wilkins

    Stephen Wilkins, Secretary General, Child Safe Packaging Group

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Stephen Wilkins

    Stephen Wilkins, Secretary General, Child Safe Packaging Group

    9:50 TOWARDS A SINGLE MARKET FOR MEDICINES

    Martin Fitzgerald

    Martin Fitzgerald, Legal Advisor, European Association of Pharmaceutical Full Line-Wholesalers (GIRP)

  • Pharmaceutical full-line wholesaling in Europe 
  • The legal framework and requirements in Europe 
  • Fragmented European market 
  • Role of the EMEA 
  • Medicines' packages in Europe (centralised registration versus national registration) 
  • Advancing the concept of a European Single Market for centrally registered products
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 DRUG TRACKING, AUTHENTICATION AND RFID TAGS

    Markus  Vor dem Esche

    Markus Vor dem Esche , Director Metal Product Development & Technical Customer Service , West Pharmaceutical Services

  • The FDA prescription drug electronic pedigree system - could this be a reality ?
  • Next generation overseals
  • Authentication technologies
  • RFID tags at item, case and palett level
  • Affect on product integrity
  • Future strategies
  • 11:40 LASER SURFACE AUTHENTICATION

    Mark McGlade

    Mark McGlade, Director, INGENIA TECHNOLOGY

  • Recent research from scientists at Imperial College, London, show  how unique “natural fingerprints” in the packaging produce physical identity codes
  • Technology advances in ‘Laser Surface Authentication’ (LSA): tracking products through the supply chain and validating authenticity
  • How LSA can beat the counterfeiters using natural randomness
  • Practical examples of how LSA  can be implemented  into the pharmaceutical supply chain
  • Applications of LSA on paper, cardboard, blister packs and plastics

  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 COVERT MARKING

    Richard Jotcham

    Richard Jotcham, Director Technology Services, Axess Technologies Ltd

  • An overview of existing security features and logistics systems
  • Laser systems and other technologies
  • Remote and machine readable tagging
  • Covert and difficult to corrupt or copy
  • The importance of communication – from manufacturer to pharmacist and everyone in between
  • 14:30 CHILD RESISTANT PACKAGING-PROTECTING THE PRODUCT, PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY; AND ADDING VALUE

    Stephen Wilkins

    Stephen Wilkins, Secretary General, Child Safe Packaging Group

  • A review of statistics and incidences
  • New designs and solutions
  • A look at the mechanisms
  • Thorough testing and market research
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PRODUCT DESIGN FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

    John Gill OBE

    John Gill OBE, Chief Scientist, National Institute of the Blind

  • Types of visual loss
  • Size of font, colours used and Braille
  • Pharmaceutical braille labelling directives
  • Adding Braille text to cartons
  • Effective provision of medical information in alternative formats
  • 16:20 ACCESS TO THE PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLETS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED IN EUROPE

    Denis Brunel

    Denis Brunel, Administrator & Resposible for the Pharmabraille Service, HandicapZero

  • HandicapZero history and services
  • Assisting the visually impaired : the working process of our services
  • The Pharmabraille service in France
  • Extending the Pharmabraille service to the other European countries
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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