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The 2020 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo will be ISPE’s first completely virtual Annual Meeting. As always, there will be great learning and networking opportunities—in fact, the digital format offers greater flexibility for attendees.
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Existing risk-based approaches to computerized system compliance and validation as outlined in GAMP® 5International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. GAMP® 5 Guide: A Risk-Based Approach to Compliant GxP Computerized Systems. North Bethesda, MD: International Society for Pharmaceutical...
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Each year, ISPE celebrates innovations and advances in pharmaceutical manufacturing technology with its Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) program. This year, we added a new category, Social Impact, to recognize companies that developed new standards and practices to prevent drug shortages and...
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The ISPE France Affiliate is fortunate in many ways. The pharmaceutical industry in France is world class, employing close to 100,000 people and generating €55.9 billion in annual revenue.LEEM. “French Pharmaceutical Industry—Key Data 2019.” Accessed 9 July 2020....
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The latest ICH guideline, ICH Q12,International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use. “ICH Harmonised Guideline: Technical and Regulatory Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management. Q12. Final Version.” 20 November 2019....
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Recent projects on serialization and track and trace help illustrate the concepts of vertical and horizontal integration. With vertical integration, the unique product identification information (serial number, lot, etc.) used by sensors and printers on the packaging lines is made accessible to the...
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The 2020 ISPE Aseptic Conference was capped off on Tuesday, 3 March, by the Interactive Regulatory Panel session, which has been a popular feature of the conference during its 29 years. The session featured a panel of seven US FDA regulators who addressed a long and varied list of questions about...
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Pam Cheng is Executive Vice President, Global Operations & Information Technology, at AstraZeneca, a United Kingdom–headquartered pharmaceutical company with more than 60,000 employees. In this role, she combines her expertise as an engineer with business savvy and seeks opportunities to lead her...
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As the old saying goes, “Time is money.” In today’s industrialized world, this adage is profoundly true. Manufacturers can no longer afford to overlook operational excellence. A new production philosophy called “Lean manufacturing” has been developed to save as much time as possible during...
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At the 2019 ISPE Global Pharmaceutical Regulatory Summit, regulators updated attendees on approaches to industry innovations and the ongoing work on harmonization and reliance around the world.
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Virtually every ISPE member has at least one story to tell about how health authority inspections or the review and approval of regulatory applications have affected their efforts to supply critically needed medications to patients globally. Although these stories may emphasize the considerable...
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Annex 2 is the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) document by the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) addressing manufacture of biological medicinal substances and products for human use. This article shares information about Annex 2 and ISPE’s submitted comments to the draft...
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This article introduces the concept of robotic process automation (RPA) and discusses how the technology may be used within a GAMP® framework to support both non-GxP and GxP processes.
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The article appraises the real-world experiences of two pharmaceutical companies approaching the rollout of energy- and water-reduction programs to selected facilities around the world. It is the result of more than two years of collaboration between the company corporate teams, individual site...
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Sustainability is a key principle for pharmaceutical companies in 2020. However, translating corporate goals into meaningful improvements can be a challenge, particularly when competing factors such as complex technical requirements or ambitious project schedules are involved.
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Medical treatments and pharmaceuticals are indispensable in improving quality of life. In recent years, however, pharmaceutical compounds have become a significant group of environmental pollutants, shown to pose risks to human health and have adverse environmental effects.
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Ranjana B. Pathak, BSc (Hons), MBA, DHA, has spent nearly 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently the President and Global Head of Quality, Medical Affairs, and Pharmacovigilance at Cipla Ltd. in Mumbai, India, Pathak’s long tenure has afforded her an informed perspective on the past,...
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Every important cause needs its champion. Champions have a vision of how things should be, and a passion to reach their goals. They are committed and determined to achieve positive results, are willing to do the heavy lifting, and will take consistent and massive action until results are achieved.
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Since the early 1990s, when the “upstart” biotech industry realized that its future success would be heavily influenced by the ability to manufacture multiple products within the same facility,Hill, D., and M. Beatrice. “Biotechnology Facility Requirements, Part 1, Facility and Systems Design.”...
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Applying emerging technologies can lead to more robust and flexible manufacturing processes that in turn can help the pharmaceutical industry respond to drug shortages, reduce interruptions in production and delivery of medicines, ensure consistent clinical performance of products, and achieve...
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As the pharmaceutical industry balances demands for small-batch and blockbuster products and encounters new regulations, there is a need for efficient and safe production technologies that can meet stringent quality and safety requirements for the aseptic filling of drugs. Looking forward,...
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Article of the Year 2018 Winner: The winner of the 2018 Roger F. Sherwood Article of the Year award is “Continuous Manufacturing in Biotech Processes: Challenges for Implementation” by Robert Dream, PE, CPIP; Christoph Herwig, PhD; and Emilie...
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Moving platforms from development to the delivery of more biopharmaceuticals to more patients is reality, not just a concept, for Moderna, Inc. Juan Andres, the company’s Chief Technical Operations and Quality Officer, presented on “mRNA Medicines—Industrializing a New Platform” at the 2019 ISPE...
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The US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Case for Quality program promotes a risk-based, product quality–focused, and patient-centric approach to computerized systems. This approach encourages critical thinking based on product and process knowledge and quality risk management...
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Presenters and a panel of FDA regulators and industry experts discussed key regulatory and industry issues during the closing plenary of the 2019 ISPE Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Conference.

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As we sat down to write the this blog for iSPEAK to promote the 2020 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo we wanted to look back over what has happened in the world in the first half of 2020 and to say it has been one for the history books is an understatement, it...
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ISPE launched its new Member Connect Webinar series on 3 September with presentations by the ISPE International Board Chair 2019-2020, Fran Zipp, and ISPE’s President and CEO, Tom Hartman. They provided updates on ISPE this year and in the near future,...
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Featured in this edition of iSpeak Reading Roundup, are the top blog posts from August 2020. Discover key insights for cleaning validation practices, risk-based approaches to quality, and more for what the pharmaceutical industry was reading last...
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Hope everyone is settling into their new reality and staying safe. Your ISPE Annual meeting education organizers have been hard at work setting up a fantastic program to be held in the fall. Check it out on line and plan on joining with colleagues and experts around the world to review and discuss...
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The individual stories of patients—and their families—are welcome reminders to the pharmaceutical industry about just how meaningful pharmaceutical development, manufacturing, and delivery are every day to those patients and their families.
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This year’s 2020 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo is going virtual and the importance of Information Systems for our industry is getting very obvious even now to everybody in the organization. The ISPE’s Pharma 4.0™ Operating Model is showing that the Covid-19...
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A temperature sensor in a medical autoclave is typically calibrated once a year. If the sensor proves to be inaccurate, all batches produced since the last calibration must be evaluated. Endress+Hauser has developed a self-calibrating sensor that automatically verifies its accuracy during each...
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Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can reduce or eliminate the need to perform bioreactor scale-up studies because full-scale manufacturing bioreactors can be simulated to predict performance. This article discusses the use of computational fluid dynamics for that purpose, to predict the...
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Process analytical technology (PAT) is perceived as the main enabler for a robust control strategy with continuous manufacturing (CM) because process analytical technology can aid in implementing continuous manufacturing throughout the entire life cycle. This article discusses quality and...
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2020 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo: Driving the Future of Pharma The 2020 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo will be ISPE’s first completely virtual Annual Meeting. As always, there will be great learning and networking opportunities—in fact, the digital...
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In March 2020, the ISPE Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Affiliate was officially established. This event was a significant step along the journey to integrate members from Eurasian Economic Union nations into the international pharmaceutical community, as well as another sign of progress in the...
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ISPE has published a new Good Practice Guide: Critical Utilities GMP Compliance—How to Be Compliant and Ready to Prove It. Written and reviewed by a team of experts from around the world, the guide is the first of its kind in the industry. Team co-leads Nik Krpan and Rod Freeman talked with...
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As many of you read this, I am sure your social and work life have been turned upside down, flipped around, and now are possibly settling into “the new normal.” I personally cringed when I wrote that—I was so tired of hearing that phrase about three weeks into the pandemic.
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Because of the global pandemic, we have experienced unexpected joys, learned new skills, adjusted to long days of video conferencing, and dealt with drops in income and potential job losses. At the same time, we have also experienced an increased sense of urgency, collaboration, and pride because...
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How many times have you heard phrases like these over the last several months: unprecedented marketplace disruptions, staggering economic conditions, or maybe insurmountable business challenges? If you’re like me, probably more than you can count.
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The manufacture of pharmaceutical products (drugs, devices, active ingredients, etc.) is a highly complex process that involves advanced scientific analysis and instrumentation at all stages of manufacturing, analysis, packaging, transportation and...
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Featured in this edition of iSpeak Reading Roundup, are the top blog posts from July 2020. Discover key insights for cleaning validation practices, risk-based approaches to quality, and more for what the pharmaceutical industry was reading last...

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September / October 2020

Technology Trends: The Transition to Digitalization Cover: In the pharmaceutical industry, digitalization involves developing and implementing digital technologies at all levels of pharmaceutical operations. The aim is to transform the industry by capturing, analyzing, and using vast amounts of data collected from a wide range of sources to support research and development, clinical development...