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Line clearance risk assessment in secondary packaging areas

This document describes the basis for performing a risk assessment for line clearance (LC) activities and failures. It contains a general description about the process and a template. This template is meant to support the documentation of the assessment of risks related to the LC process in secondary packaging lines handling pharmaceutical products and combination devices.

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Protocol and report for human readability study of single characters – application for biopharmaceutical vision system settings

The packaging of pharmaceutical products is regulated in most countries. Authorities expect that any printed information – such as product, use and storage data on the packaging material artwork or batch-specific data (e.g., expiration date) – is readable by the patient. Batch-specific data is commonly checked by vision systems using optical character verification. Pharmaceutical companies must be able to document traceability between what patients can read and understand, and how much of single characters can be ‘missing’ before they may be misread. While the term ‘readability’ in various regulations relates to the contrast between the background color and the text color (or to the font size), it does not consider how much that any missing parts of single characters may impact human interpretation of what is printed.

The purpose of the protocol is to use supporting data to establish how much of each single character can be missing before it is no longer perceived as the intended character. The report supplies the basis for defining acceptable character defects and supports setting up limits for vision systems to detect good/bad characters and minimize labeling errors.

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Serialization – challenges and good practices in packaging operations based on experience of track and trace systems

This paper provides an overview of points to consider and good practices relating to the most challenging areas identified following an industry benchmark on the serialization of sellable units. The purpose of this benchmark was to identify common industry challenges with serialization and to broaden the knowledge of good practice, industry capabilities and to identify the quickest route to implementation and compliance with global serialization requirements. The paper also seeks to encourage dialogue between industry, regulatory agencies, and track and trace system providers, by adding the unique perspective of secondary packaging customer, summarized after several years of using such serialization systems

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Secondary Packaging: Electronic product information

BioPhorum has created a structure and approach to respond to the challenge of developing ePI solutions that add value to patients and healthcare providers alike highlighting the benefits and challenges of the broad range of factors surrounding the design and implementation of ePI, supporting the objective of finding a solution that can be implemented globally . The packaging perspective on ePI is simple: agree on an ePI format, and packaging functions can agree on how to apply it to product packaging. This paper looks at the opportunities and challenges and recommends the adoption and use of GS1 standards and recommendations both to meet supply chain and point of care needs and as a way to harmonize implementation of regulatory requirements.

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