Changes in Packaging and Serialization

As we exit past the ‘surprise and shock’ phase of Covid-19, there will be several factors to be monitored as new regulations, medicines and tracking requirements are discussed during the shift of the pandemic towards improved treatments and potential vaccines. Some states are showing a decline of cases and others areas with a more dense population are still heavily impacted as doctors and nurses travel in from other areas to help relieve fatigued health care workers and clinicians. Other industries have changed their focus to help aid efforts such as automobile factories shifting production to make face shields and even spirit distilleries making hand sanitizer. It is clear that this pandemic will have not only a great impact on health care but also many suppliers in various industries. 


One way to help with these changes is serialization. World Pharma Today sums up serialization as “a process in which a unique number is assigned and marked directly on a product or its packaging – typically achieved through barcoding technology. Serialization promotes item-level traceability and represents a departure from normal manufacturing processes whereby products are assigned to batches and lots. The theory behind serialization is that by assigning unique serial numbers to each product and introducing scanning at various points in the supply chain, the potential for counterfeit products to get through undetected is substantially reduced.” 


A few trends that we feel will be important to pay attention to as we move forward towards a new era of products and packaging and how serialization come into play:


  1. The authentication of medication: While there is much discussion and research towards a Covid-19 vaccine, medications to help treat side effects are just as important. This is especially true because of the great need of clinical treatments in demand and the amount of financial gain that counterfeit producers could potentially earn. Having a very efficient serialization process helps to keep the medicines secure and untampered.
  2. Food Supply packaging moving forward: Not only has the food supply been in high demand but the industry as a whole has been forced to adapt to a direct to consumer model. While some farmers are hurting because they have no way to get the food into the hands of customers directly, others, such as meat farmers, are able to sell out for weeks at a time. 
  3. Medical Device production & supply: Health care supplies have been in high demand since the beginning of the pandemic. We believe that there will be more standardized equipment plans even beyond medical facilities if a situation like this were to ever arise again. More regulation, protocols and a higher demand means that errors will need to be reduced and tracking improved. 


Achieving the goals of your company’s overall manufacturing and go to market strategy while maintaining compliance not only in times of need but every day is critical. RemTech’s serialization difference is the unique combination of technical services to address the understanding of the requirements, the compliance and regulatory expertise to develop an implementable strategy that meets compliance requirements and margin protection along with the project management skills to implement, validate and train on a safe, compliant, cost-effective solution. RemTech decreases downtime, increases productivity, reduces costs, provides better results and stable compliance and is a leader in serialization. We would like the opportunity to discuss further with you and your team on how we can help prepare you for the future. → Contact Us


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