Domino seminar covers best serialisation coding practices

Domino_seminarDomino Printing Sciences stressed the importance of quality coding when addressing item-level serialisation at a seminar focused on preparing pharmaceutical manufacturers for the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) in Poland last week.

Coming into force at the beginning of 2019, the FMD is expected to have a whole-business impact from data management to distribution. Speaking in Warsaw at the DMP Group organised event on last week, EU Life Sciences sector manager Bart Vansteenkiste explained the significance of long term code stability as part of a whole-business holistic approach to the FMD, ensuring packaging lines adhere to the new industry standards.

 "Understanding the foundations to printing quality codes has become essential for pharmaceutical manufacturers now that they know what is expected from them when the FMD is enforced," Vansteenkiste said. "This means having comprehensive knowledge of the best practices and processes when it comes to printing technology, substrate material, product handling, code content and decoding."

"Any system is only as good as its weakest part, and for manufacturers this is particularly true through all phases of the packaging lifecycle, from printing codes at point of manufacturing with the highest possible grading up to reliably checking codes at point of dispensation in the pharmacies," he continued.
With medicines disappearing in the supply chain for up to three years or longer, the necessity for high quality and optimised inks that can withstand the test of time is indispensable. Domino says its coding has been key in assisting pharmaceutical manufacturers move from batch to item-level serialisation.

"The substrate material can have an impact on the coding process, in particular knowing whether the material is inkjet or laser-friendly. The impact must be considered when choosing or changing the packaging material," Vansteenkiste added. "It is crucial for manufacturers to fully understand their cartons and what any changes could mean. At Domino we use a number of techniques, such as mass spectrometry, to help customers make the right choice between a number of given samples."

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