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From CIP13 to Serialisation

Pharmaceutical manufacturers in Europe are facing many new challenges related to their product packaging operations, and one of the most problematic is the need to integrate sophisticated codes, or to serialise product packaging. Regulatory requirements such as the French CIP13 coding are forcing changes to packaging lines throughout Europe. Many countries are preparing to adopt similar requirements for pharmaceutical tracking and reimbursement initiatives. While deadlines and mandates are constantly changing, manufacturers must make crucial decisions with regard to their packaging operations. Industry leaders recognise that individual factors, such as country-specific regulatory requirements, may drive local projects, but the adoption of sophisticated coding or product serialisation requires an overall strategy.

Companies must consider what, when and where information should be added to product packaging. These decisions may affect how a product is packaged, at what location it is packaged, and how the product is distributed into the supply chain. These are business decisions that require cross-functional teams to formulate strategies and to implement plans. These teams should consider the implications on packaging resources, product availability and sourcing, supply chain and trade strategies, and information systems architecture and processes.


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With more than 25 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in business-to-business environments, Joe Ringwood plays a key role in Systech’s business operations as COO. He is tasked with expanding Systech’s market position as a provider of packaging execution systems to pharmaceutical companies. Joe is responsible for directing strategies for growth, both domestically and internationally, and to encourage, business and technology partner relationships. His current responsibilities include: oversight of domestic and international sales teams, development and execution of Systech’s marketing, management of the professional services team, new product development, strategic business development and management of central engineering.
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