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Strategies for Success

I have recently received copies of two books which will be of great interest to those involved in manufacturing and packaging of pharmaceuticals. A Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting Cleanrooms is a comprehensive handbook aimed at those working within the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, detailing the different types of disinfectants and their mode of action. It explains the problems of microbial destruction and resistance, and introduces cleaning techniques and the latest safety regulations. The book also discusses the application of cleaning within healthcare and pharmaceutical environments within the context of current national and international standards. The editor, Dr Tim Sandle, has over 20 years’ experience as a pharmaceutical microbiologist. Although the authors of the various chapters are from the UK, nonetheless the book has an international flavour and is sponsored by the well-renowned German disinfectant manufacturers Schulke and Mayr from Hamburg.

Disinfection in the workplace – be it for the pharmaceutical industry, within hospitals, or even the catering sector – is a subject of great current importance. The book calls itself a handbook and proclaims that it is not a book intended to sit on a shelf and gather dust, but that it should be read and discussed by those whose business it is to keep cleanrooms, hospitals, and the hands of their staff clean. It could well become a classic of its time and can certainly form the basis of standard operating procedures throughout the industry. It is thoroughly recommended.

A Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting Cleanrooms by Dr Tim Sandle (ed) is published by Grosvenor House Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-78148-768-6

Developing and Sustaining Excellent Packaging Labelling and Artwork Capabilities is again a practical guide for those involved in these topics. Both the authors know their subject inside out, having spent many years in global packaging design operations at GlaxoSmithKline before founding the consulting company that published this book. The guide discusses the importance of artwork capabilities in delivering today’s business strategy and the causes of artwork errors. There is detailed discussion on many of the elements which go into the overall artwork capability. These include business processes, education and training, competence assessment, organisation design, technology and outsourcing. When debating any fast-moving topic it is always important that improvements should be sustained, and this book goes into some detail about how this can be achieved in the packaging field.

The authors note that in addition to making a product attractive and marketable to the eventual consumer, packaging and artwork also represent a significant risk in terms of regulatory compliance. Indeed, there are many business challenges which face the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, particularly at this time of economic challenge. Companies need to deliver as many new product variants in different markets as quickly as possible, while at the same time enhancing their reputation with regulators and governments, the public and other stakeholders. The book argues that creating an artwork management strategy is critical to delivering this business plan, noting that it is a complex endeavour and involves numerous internal functions in many countries of the world. The authors claim that excellence is achievable, having already accomplished this themselves in one company, and propose that this book is a significant contribution to achieving such success.

Developing and Sustaining Excellent Packaging Labelling and Artwork Capabilities by Stephen McIndoe and Andrew Love is published by ecademyPRESS. ISBN: 978-1-908746-16-0

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