Pharmaceutical serialization and traceability laws continue to be developed all over the world. In any one market, it takes several years to progress from the initial stirrings to the publication of full, workable regulations. As we have seen, several countries have had to take a few steps back, make adjustments and then move forward again (see “Brazil Gets Rational With Their New Pharma Traceability Law” and “China’s Retreat From Pharma Serialization: Will This Become A Global Trend?”). In fact, I think those countries that do, will end up with a much better approach.
What that means to you is that you need to keep up with the changes. You’re in the right place by reading RxTrace regularly (thank you for that), and those who make a small investment in my DSCSA book will benefit greatly, but you can do more. You can learn more about pharma serialization and what other companies are thinking and doing to response to laws around the world by attending the Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum in San Diego on May 22-25. It’s part of IQPC’s Pharma Logistics Week, an event where four pharma supply chain conferences are being held in the same location. When you register for one of those events they allow you to jump around to attend sessions in all four. That’s a real deal. The four co-located events are:
This is an incredible idea because it allows attendees to maximize their investment in time, travel and money. Those facing the pharma serialization regulations will want to register for the Pharma Traceability Forum, but they can sample sessions in the other three events whenever something pertinent to their needs is available. I suggest they stay aware of the agendas for the Pharmaceutical Packaging and Labeling Forum and the Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum as well. Even if you pick up just one session in each of those, you have gain immeasurably by the co-location and the ability to bounce between programs without extra charge.
Take the whole team. IQPC has group discounts starting at only two registrants from the same company, and up to 30% off for groups of six to nine. You owe it to yourself to download the agenda and venue information here. Register before March 17, 2017 and save $300!