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“A good variety of different speakers” – Cathy Brown, Packaging and Compliance Manager, NAPP Pharmaceuticals, Delegate SMi’s 2008 Packaging and Labelling conference

The packaging and labelling of a pharmaceutical product is a vital part of the whole commodity. Appropriate labelling and packaging isn’t just a requirement to meet regulatory standards, but can have a real impact on patient care, product value, and lifecycle management. Packaging and repackaging is also a contentious political issue, with moves towards restrictions on repackaging having been considered recently by the EU, and counterfeiting and traceability a key issue in US politics.

Following on from the success of last year’s conference, the SMi Group’s Packaging and Labelling Innovations conference promises to provide the perfect platform to come to terms with the latest developments in this exciting area.

This event will give you the opportunity to learn about:

  • The European Commission proposed restrictions on repackaging – what does this mean for parallel traders, and is it about protecting patient or protecting profits? Hear perspectives from a parallel trader, the EC, and others.
  • Experiences from other industries – other manufacturers experience challenges similar to the Pharma companies; what are their solutions? Hear from speakers from the Nutraceuticals industry on meeting new regulations, and the FMCG industry on innovative designs.
  • Enhancing patient usability with innovative packaging – discover the challenges of making packaging suitable for the blind, and balancing the needs of child proofing and elderly accessibility.
  • Track and trace – the results of the BRIDGE Pharma traceability pilot, the impact of the US elections on global standards, the choice between barcoding and RFID, and avoiding the damaging impacts of counterfeiting

This conference is aimed at pharmaceutical industry executives with the following job titles:

  • Director of  Packaging
  • Director of Labelling
  • Director of Quality Control
  • Head of Manufacturing
  • Director of Supply Chain
  • Head of Logistics
  • Head of Security
  • Director of Operations
  • Quality Assurance Director
  • Director of Packaging and Labelling Design
  • Director of  Regulations
  • Head of Compliance

The following leading pharmaceutical companies attended last year:

  • Wyeth
  • Teva
  • Ipsen
  • AAH Pharmaceuticals
  • Novartis
  • AstraZeneca
  • Napp
  • Allergan
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Astellas
  • Sandoz
  • Eli Lilly

Plus delegates from packaging technology companies, supply chain and logistics organisations, manufacturers and academics

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Stephen Wilkins

Stephen Wilkins, Secretary General, Child - Safe Packaging Group

9:10 CHILD RESISTANT PACKAGING OPENABILITY STUDY

Stephen Wilkins

Stephen Wilkins, Secretary General, Child - Safe Packaging Group

  • Child resistant packaging needs to be difficult to open
  • But new standards mean that the 60-80 age group must be taken into account in openability
  • Case study of novel designs
  • 9:50 PACKAGING AND LABELLING FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

    John Gill

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

  • The challenges caused by blindness and partial sight
  • Inclusive design for labelling
  • Braille for packaging
  • Alternative formats for patient information leaflets
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PACKAGING EXECUTION SYSTEMS (PES)

    Fredric Menardo

    Fredric Menardo, , Systech International

  • Pharmaceutical packaging operations require an infrastructure platform
  • Leveraging this platform globally to meet local serialisation requirements
  • Effectively meet worldwide mandates by implementing a Packaging Execution System (PES)
  • Protect data integrity and maintain real-time throughput of packaging lines
  • 11:40 INCREASING READABILITY TO IMPROVE PATIENT UNDERSTANDING

    Peter Knapp

    Peter Knapp, Director, University Of Leeds

  • Why readability of patient information matters
  • Ways of assessing readability
  • Improving readability by changing the content and layout of information
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 LESSONS FROM LABELLING NUTRACEUTICALS

    Annie-Laure Robin

    Annie-Laure Robin, European Regulatory Team Leader, Leatherhead Food International

  • EU tightening of food labelling regulations and its impact on nutraceutical producers
  • Evaluating the impact of obligatory front of product information on branding, packaging and design
  • Assessing the implications for manufacturers of complying with varying requirements within member states
  • Implications of food industry experience for pharmaceuticals
  • 14:30 APPLICATION OF GxP TO PHARMACEUTICAL ARTWORK ORIGINATION

    Mukesh Patel

    Mukesh Patel, QP, Independent Consultant, CommQP

  • Importance of getting the artwork origination process right
  • Identification of the risks in the artwork process and how to minimise them
  • How GxP can be applied in an artwork studio
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 REPACKAGING – A MANUFACTURER AND PATIENT PERSPECTIVE

    Janice Haigh

    Janice Haigh, Senior Director Europe Price & Trade , Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd

  • Proposed European commission rules - some realities
  • What does repackaging mean for the patient?
  • Examples of repackaging in other industries
  • Why change is needed
  • 16:20 RAISING PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONAL AWARENESS

    Heidi Wright

    Heidi Wright, Head of Practice, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

  • The scale of the problem
  • Getting a balanced message across
  • Action to be taken
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Stephen Wilkins

    Stephen Wilkins, Secretary General, Child - Safe Packaging Group

    9:10 IMPACT OF BARCODING ON PATIENT SAFETY

    Feargal McGroarty

    Feargal McGroarty, FIMLS, Project Manager, National Haemophilia system, St James' Hospital

  • How the lack of medication barcoding can impact on patient safety
  • Implementing barcodes to track and trace medication through the supply chain
  • The link between patient safety and anti-counterfeiting
  • Barcodes or RFID?
  • The push towards datamatrix barcoding
  • Barcodes and the EPC
  • Hand held devices (smartphones) for patients to scan and record their medication usage at home and provide end to end visibility through the supply chain
  • 9:50 PACKAGING REDESIGN

    Imran Khan

    Imran Khan, Regulatory Affairs Executive, Pfizer Limited

  • Why is it important? Our experience
  • Our data & stakeholder analysis
  • MHRA/NPSA guidance, support and endorsement
  • Theory vs practical implementation
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 BRIDGE - THE PHARMA TRACEABILITY PLOT

    John Jenkins

    John Jenkins, Managing Director, JJ Associates

  • About the BRIDGE Project
  • Objectives and overview of the pharma traceability pilot
  • The pilot in action
  • Experience, lessons learned and conclusions
  • 11:40 HOW TO OPTIMALLY USE AN IWRS FOR TRACK AND TRACE

    Heike Roeder

    Heike Roeder, Director, Global Head of CTS Planning, UCB

  • Accountabilty, reconciliation and return process via IWRS
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PHARMACEUTICAL ON-DEMAND DIGITAL PACKAGING

    Roger Chitty

    Roger Chitty, Strategic Partner Manager, Xerox Europe Limited

  • European & world-wide trends in on-demand production
  • Packaging production solutions for high-value pharmaceutical products
  • Minimising waste, inventory and lead-times in the supply chain; optimising batch sizes
  • Possibilities with variable data: personalisation, and versioning
  • New security and anti-counterfeiting applications with digital technologies
  • A look at test marketing opportunities
  • Trends in sustainable packaging
  • 14:30 THE ROLE OF STANDARDS

    Roger Lamb

    Roger Lamb, Healthcare Manager, GS1 UK

  • GS1 standards provide unique identification for pharmaceuticals, medicines and medical devices
  • Achieve through the use of auto-identification technologies such as barcodes and RFID tags
  • GS1 UK scan & save initiative, supported by the Department of Health
  • Launched to improve patient safety in hospitals and the suppy chain
  • 15:10 COUNTERFEIT PHARMACEUTICALS: THE SILENT EPIDEMIC

    Max Vetter

    Max Vetter, Manager, ICC Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau

  • Counterfeit pharmaceuticals: world overview
  • Recent case studies
  • Links between counterfeiting and wholesale & distribution channels
  • Methods used for combating the problem
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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