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This GMP training course aims at easily explaining the GMP requirements for packaging of medicinal products. This includes requirements for premises and equipment but also for QA operations like documentation, line clearance, validation etc.
Packaging of medicinal products, blistering as well as cartoning for example, plays a crucial role in the quality and safety of a medicine. Deficiencies of primary packaging may alter the efficacy or stability of a product; failures in secondary packaging may do harm to patients even worse when products or the folding boxes are mixed up. Therefore, packaging is defined as (the last) pharmaceutical manufacturing step and one of the most critical ones. It is not surprising that the biggest part of recalls is caused by failures during packaging. The FDA reported that more than 30% of recalls of tablet products during the last 5 years were caused by label mix-ups, incorrect packaging or incorrect products insert. On the other hand, despite the high criticality of the packaging process, the packaging plants are required to cut the costs and raise their efficiency.
Another challenge for the packaging units is the new EU Directive, requiring safety features and authentication measures in order to raise the hurdle for drug counterfeiters. As a consequence of the “COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2016/161”, the rules apply from 9th of February 2019 onwards except for some member states with an existing Verification System. Packaging lines have to be equipped with systems for printing and reading two dimensional codes (2D-Codes) and these systems have to be linked to the materials management system. Companies already shipping serialized products have been reporting from technical hurdles which should not be underestimated. Most companies without experience in this field will need external help. But technical expertise could become rare in the near future.
There are numerous requirements which have to be fulfilled in the packaging plant. During this GMP course we will focus on:
Compliance & QA requirements
Hygiene and Cleaning
Qualification / Validation
Facility and Zone Concepts
Design of packaging equipment
Handling, storage and mix-ups
Serialisation & Authentication
Highly Potent Products
Staff from QA and production engaged in packaging operations is the target group of this course as well as suppliers for equipment and packaging material used for packaging of medicinal products
GMPs and QA oversight for packaging operations