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Seminar Nr. 15615

Avoiding non-Compliance in Packaging Operations

(Im Auftrag der European Compliance Academy)

1-2 March 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Non-ECA Members: EUR 1.790,--
ECA Members: EUR 1.590,--
EU GMP Inspectorates: EUR 895,--
APIC Members (does not include ECA membership): EUR 1.690,--
(Alle Preise zzgl. MwSt.)


Tel.: 06221 / 84 44 0 E-Mail:


Maren Göpfert, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma

Buket Hekiman Bayraktar, PharmaVision

Dr Afshin Hosseiny, ECA & former Director of Quality Assurance, GSK

Dr Jean-Denis Mallet, NNE Pharmaplan, France


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 about 30nbsp;% of recalls of tablet products during the last 5 years were caused by label mix-ups, incorrect packaging or incorrect products insert. The number of field alerts tripled between 2009 and 2012. 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 will be applied from 9th of February 2019 onwards except for some member states with an existing Verification System. Packaging lines will have to be equipped with systems for printing and reading two dimensional codes (2D-Codes) and these systems will 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
QA Systems
Hygiene and Cleaning
Qualification / Validation
Technological aspects
Facility and Zone Concepts
Design of packaging equipment

Packaging materials
Handling, storage and mix-ups
Special topics:
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
  • GMP requirements in the packaging unit
  • Important Guidelines and standards
  • QA Systems relevant for packaging operations
  • Frequent inspection findings
Packaging facilities & premises
  • Requirements for the technical building equipment
  • Zone Concepts for primary and secondary packaging
  • Air-Lock concepts
  • Hygiene
  • HVAC
Handling of Packaging Materials
  • Handling and storage of packaging materials
  • Testing
  • Stability issues
Compliance for Packaging Operations
  • Material storage, returned goods, quarantine
  • Line Clearance
  • Documentation practice
  • Practical GMP aspects
  • Good and bad practice
GMP Design for packaging equipment
  • Design criteria for blister machines, cartoners, labelers
  • Differences to aseptic filling / packaging
  • What is critical?
  • What to write in an URS?
Product Serialization and Authentication - 7 Years of experience: how to cope with country-specific requirements and implementation of new technology?
  • Authentication & Serialization –basic information
  • Scope and main characteristics of Track & Trace System in Turkey
  • General aspects on required equipment for Serialization and Authentication
  • Regulatory aspects and timeline for implementation in phases
  • Impact of Serialization and Authentication on production processes

Case Study:

  • Implementation at PharmaVision, a pure CMO
  • Frequently faced problems & Facts as of 2017
  • Management assessment: Challenges & Proposed solutions
Qualification and Validation
  • Equipment qualification
  • Process validation
  • Critical issues which have to be tested
  • How to test?

Case Study: Quality and Compliance systems in the packaging plant

In this case study the different systems in place in a packaging plant of Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH & Co. KG at Ingelheim site are presented, e.g.
  • Hygiene and zone concepts
  • Material flow
  • Line clearance procedure
  • IPCs in the packaging process
  • Documentation and control
  • Handling of variable printing data
Packaging of highly potent products in a GMP environment
  • Avoidance of cross contamination
  • What has to be considered for packaging of (solid) highly potent medicines (primary + secondary)
Special requirements for the packaging (filling) of sterile products
  • The two manufacturing modes for sterile products: aseptic filling and terminal sterilization
  • The physical characteristics of the primary packaging components and their physico-chemical attributes (the challenge of departiculated & depyrogenated packaging materials
  • The microbiological quality of the primary packaging components
  • Integrity of the product: importance of the resistance of primary packaging components; importance of the integrity testing
Audit of packaging material suppliers
  • Relevant ISO standards
  • How much GMP must a supplier have?
  • Practical audit aspects: what to examine?
  • Qualification of suppliers