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In an industry where the entire supply chain is faced with the regulatory requirement for serialisation and traceability, the solution needs large-scale integration and interoperability. For pharmaceutical businesses, the biggest challenge is how they orchestrate project implementation both internally and externally. In the Global Drug, Supply, Safety and Traceability report, just 48% of CMOs have integrated with a majority of brand owners, and just 41% of respondents stated that a high percentage of their internal packaging lines are ready for serialisation (1).

In every business, project leads must consider the overall complexity and scale of serialisation and traceability. They must understand and update internal processes and engage external partners before specifying and implementing a strategy and solution. While the pharma sector is well-versed at improving the performance of manufacturing and packing lines with new hardware and site-level systems, integrating with partners, each with their own policies and priorities, on the scale required by global serialisation and traceability is a completely new challenge. To complicate matters, the solution cannot be stationary – new products, partners, markets and regulations, customer requirements, and opportunities keep coming.

Managing all of these is hard work, but three core pillars of serialisation and traceability integration and interoperability in product supply networks can lead to success.

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Pasi Kemppainen is the Principal Advisor on pharma digitalisation at Epista Life Science. He is currently leading Santen Pharmaceutical’s global serialisation and traceability programme. Prior to Epista Life Science, Pasi worked as Senior Consultant and Advisor for NNE – a Novo Nordisk engineering and consulting company. He also served as CEO at Original1 (a joint venture of SAP, Nokia, and Giesecke & Devrient – leaders in enterprise IT, mobile, and security), servicing a cloud and mobile platform for product serialisation, traceability, and consumer authentication services in Europe and China.
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