On its Way: New ISO Standard on Interoperability of Anti-Counterfeit Systems, Based on Unique Identifiers

Dec 17, 2014

Identification systems based on unique identifiers are no longer restricted to individuals’ ID cards, car plates or telephone numbers. For many years now, object identification has been established in the world of things, using unique identifiers on sales items and their packaging, as well as other sales and transport units. Dr Marietta Ulrich-Horn of Securikett reveals the reasons why this is a major step forward in consumer safety, in particular in uncovering counterfeit and illicit trade activities. ...

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Beyond Item-level Serialisation: Extending Traceability Schemes to Secondary and Tertiary Packaging

Dec 17, 2014

The challenges of serialisation are well-documented; however aggregation requires an altogether higher level of data processing and joined-up thinking. Inserting the correct quantity of goods into a box and applying a label is only half the battle. Craig Stobie of Domino proves that where serialisation is required, aggregation is a logical extension – even if not mandated – and one that delivers a range of benefits. ...

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Implementing Serialisation

Dec 17, 2014

The subject of serialisation and track-and-trace has been on the industry’s agenda for quite some time. Several of the major drug manufacturers have, in fact, made considerable inroads into implementing solutions whilst others have waited for the regulatory standards to be in force before addressing the issue. Alexander Ulbrich of Vetter outlines how, regardless of the approach taken, the industry as a whole is keenly aware of the need for serialisation and is working hard toward developing appropriate solutions. ...

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Advances in Tissue Processing: The Supercritical Alternative

Dec 17, 2014

Despite the promising future use of stem cells, extensive research over the last decade has shown how the augmentation of, e.g., damaged tissue not only depends on the inherent potential of stem cells to adjust and differentiate, but also on the presence of the right micro-environment where the cells reside. Marco Thio of EMCM examines the current methods by which tissue grafts are manufactured, presenting also a promising new method based on carbon dioxide that has been shown to be very effective in cleaning and sterilising tissue grafts. ...

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Temperature Mapping of Vehicles Used for the Transportation of Pharmaceutical Products

Dec 17, 2014

Andy Hughes of Pharmafreight UK and Kane Edgeworth of Biomap Ltd talk about the recent history of temperature-mapping expectations, the approach of mapping temperature-controlled vehicles, the use of risk when deciding to map or not, a recent mapping study undertaken, and what to do with the data gathered. Things are changing, and more and more mapping is taking place throughout the transport industry. It is in everyone’s interest to hope that this upward trend continues, ensuring regulatory compliance and getting drugs to the patient in the best possible condition. ...

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