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24.06.2015, SCHOTT AG, Mainz, Germany / Jambusar, India

A New Dimension of Quality: SCHOTT Achieves GMP Certification for all Pharmaceutical Tubing Sites

Production in India Successfully Audited by TÜV Rheinland
Mr. Georg Sparschuh, President SCHOTT Pharma Tubing, India and Mr. Bakshi, Senior Manager –QMS with GMP certificate at SCHOTT’s FIOLAX® glass tubing plant in Gujarat
Mr. Georg Sparschuh, President SCHOTT Pharma Tubing, India and Mr. Bakshi, Senior Manager –QMS with GMP certificate at SCHOTT’s FIOLAX® glass tubing plant in Gujarat
SCHOTT’s glass tubing plant near Mumbai, India, has achieved official Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliance. GMP is an international standard in the pharmaceutical industry that brings together guidelines to ensure the quality of critical production processes. The certificate, presented to SCHOTT by TÜV Rheinland, underlines the company’s global commitment to those standards. In fact, SCHOTT is now the only supplier of pharmaceutical tubing worldwide that has been recognized as working to GMP standards at all its manufacturing sites.

SCHOTT manufactures glass tubing in Europe, South America and Asia, with a total production capacity of more than 140,000 tons. Tubes made of FIOLAX® specialty glass are the basis of many pharmaceutical packaging solutions, being converted into syringes, vials, ampoules, and cartridges.  These containers need to safely store medication, sometimes for years, without compromising the effectiveness of the drug, meaning quality of the glass is key.

“SCHOTT considers quality assurance central to the production of pharmaceutical glass,” explained Dr.-Ing. Karsten Hennig, Director of Quality Management at SCHOTT Tubing. Hennig continued, “It is therefore established practice for SCHOTT to work to GMP standards at all our facilities.”

The GMP guidelines comprise a series of general principles, like documentation and hygiene, that must be observed during the manufacturing process. More and more countries are specifying GMP as a statutory requirement that pharmaceutical companies and suppliers of quality related components to the industry must meet.

“In order to provide patients with safe pharmaceutical products of the highest standard, quality has to be made the top priority from the very beginning of the value chain,” Hennig added, “By earning GMP certification at all of our production sites of FIOLAX® glass tubing around the world, we are helping our customers eliminate all potential risks facing the patient.”

For more details about SCHOTT FIOLAX® glass tubing for pharmaceutical packaging, visit: http://www.schott.com/tubing/english/special_glass/pharma_packaging.html

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of 1.87 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment.
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