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13.11.2013, Bangkok / Thailand

Bosch Packaging Technology and SCHOTT support higher pharmaceutical quality in Thailand

Thai pharmaceutical market experiences dynamic growth / 130 visitors take part in two-day expert workshop
Bangkok / Thailand, November 13, 2013 – In a strong cooperation, pharmacists, packaging and filling system suppliers and politically independent non-governmental organizations want to further improve safety standards for pharmaceutical production, and for subsequent safety of the patients. This is the result of an expert workshop hosted by Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, Thai Red Cross Society on 7 and 8 November in Bangkok. The packaging supplier SCHOTT and Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, also participated in the symposium. Both companies offered the approximately 130 visitors insights into the regulatory environment of the Thai pharmaceutical industries, changing quality requirements and innovative solutions. These include, for instance, flexibly designed machinery platforms and devices that reduce glass breakage in the fill-finish process.

Manufacturing practices, regulations, registration of sterile products

The main part of the event focused on good manufacturing practices (GMP) and the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) regulations from the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Requirements for the registration of sterile products at the Thai FDA were also discussed. The participants exchanged their knowledge on how German partners can support quality improvements for pharmaceuticals in Thailand with their decades of industry experience. “The response from the participants was very positive and there is a great interest in top-quality solutions and products,” said Andreas Gross, Product Manager at Bosch Packaging Technology.

High-quality and sterile packaging

Apart from the actual active ingredients, both production processes and packaging also significantly influence the quality of pharmaceuticals. SCHOTT has been producing high-quality pharmaceutical packaging such as syringes, vials, ampoules and cartridges for decades. They are designed to ensure that medicines can be safely preserved for many years without losing their effectiveness.

As one of the leading providers of process technology and packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, Bosch Packaging Technology’s Pharma business unit offers a comprehensive portfolio of high-class packaging machines. They facilitate safe, precise and standardized pharmaceutical filling operations.

Good growth forecast for Thailand’s pharmaceutical market

The pharmaceutical market in Thailand is experiencing a dynamic upturn. According to Thailand’s Board of Investors (BOI), the market will have nearly doubled between 2011 and 2020 – from 129 to 255 billion Baht (from roughly 3 to 6 billion Euro). The pharmaceutical sector will consequently play a more significant role in the overall economic development of the country in the future. “To convert this potential growth into reality, the pharmaceutical industry in Thailand needs to advance the quality of its medication. The goal of our event is to support the actors in their endeavors,” said Gunawan Setokusumo, Regional Sales Director Asia, SCHOTT Pharmaceutical Packaging.

If the quality of pharmaceuticals produced in Thailand were to be improved sustainably, it would have a positive effect on the medical treatment of the population. In the medium term, the dependence on imported products could be also reduced. According to the BOI, these currently account for around half of the volume. For these reasons, Thailand’s government is eager to support the pharmaceutical industries in increasing its product quality.

Joining forces for international quality standards

Both manufacturers support the highest international quality standards as defined by the respective regulatory authorities. During the two-day workshop, which took place at the premises of the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, Thai Red Cross Society, experts from Thai FDA, the Institute of Biological Products, SCHOTT and Bosch Packaging Technology shared their expertise in implementing quality standards in production processes and quality assurance system with the participants. Further topics of the knowledge exchange included environmental control, facility design, computer systems. The experts at Bosch Packaging Technology and SCHOTT agree that they will continue to support Thailand’s growing pharmaceutical market as reliable partners.

About SCHOTT
SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, solar power, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with its high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in 35 different countries. Its workforce of around 16,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2 billion euros for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz, Germany, is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.  
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