Recipharm kits out Lisbon plant in latest stage of serilization tech roll out

By Gareth Macdonald contact

- Last updated on GMT

Recipharm has installed serialization technology at its contract production facility in Lisbon, Portugal citing impending US and EU rules as a driver for the investment.

The Swedish contract manufacturing organisation (CMO) has added four packaging lines at the facility. It said the expansion is part of its €40m, network-wide investment in serialisation capacity, adding that it plans to set up an additional seven lines at the site by 2018.

Serialization has been a focus for regulatory agencies the world over in recent years.

Both the European Medicines Agency​ (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration​ (FDA) are introducing new requirements that will force manufacturers to mark their products so that they can be tracked through supply chains.

China​, Korea​ and Argentina have also rolled out rules designed to facilitate traceability.

Similarly, regulators in smaller markets – Saudi Arabia​, for example – have also introduced serialization rules for pharmaceutical products.

Staffan Widengren, head of the global steering committee for Recipharm’s serialisation project, said: “Recipharm recognised the complexity of implementing serialisation at a very early stage and so we’ve been preparing for the new regulations in the US and Europe for a long time now.

The Lisbon facility brings us to over a third of the way through our implementation project and is an important milestone in our journey​.”

Recipharm also announced it will add similar capacity at its facility in Brescia, Italy.

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