Catalent Pharma VP Elected Chair of USP Packaging, Storage, and Distribution Expert Committee

Mary Foster, vice president of quality for Catalent Pharma Solutions, has been elected chair of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Packaging, Storage, and Distribution Expert Committee for the 2010-2015 USP cycle. As the committee chair, Foster will be responsible for creating new standard USP General Chapters as well as revising current standard general chapters.

Next up for the committee will be developing standards for drug pedigrees and anti-counterfeiting for the supply chain, testing for extractables and leachables, and testing of glass, plastic, and metal container closure systems. The committee will also continue work on current chapters under revision such as General Chapter <1079> Good Storage and Transportation Practices. Foster also serves on the USP Advisory Panel for bulk pharmaceutical excipients.

At Catalent, Dr. Foster is responsible for building external relationships with regulatory bodies and pharmacopeia working groups within the pharmaceutical/biotechnology and consumer healthcare industries. Over the 2005-2010 USP cycle, Foster provided USP committee updates to industry in the United States, Canada, the EU, and South America and presented at the 2008 and 2009 Annual USP meetings. Foster routinely presents cGMP training courses in the US, Canada, and the EU.  She is an Advisory Board member of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and a member of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Interest Group (PCCIG) committee. Foster has been with Catalent for 20 years having served in various quality and regulatory roles.
Foster’s nomination follows shortly after the nomination of Stephen Tindal, Director, Softgel Formulation & Operations for Catalent, to the USP Advisory Panel on Liquid Filled Gelatin Capsules.   

The United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP-NF) is the U.S. legally recognized standards compendia for drugs, drug products and dietary supplements.  For more information on the USP 2010–2015 Council of Experts and its Expert Committees, please visit


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