TEQ Thermoform Engineered Quality has developed a sterile barrier system (SBS) employing a new, proprietary blend of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) in combination with adhesive-coated Tyvek from DuPont. The company is currently working with partners Belco Packaging Systems Inc. and Spartan Design Group to arm medical device manufacturers with the data they need to switch to the new sterile barrier system.
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. -- Safco Dental Supply Company, one of the nation's leading suppliers of dental products, has become the first company in the United States to be certified under the UPS's Eco Responsible Packaging Program. Safco is committed to providing dental practices with superior customer service, reduced waste and the most dependable and sustainable shipment packaging possible.
Plan now to visit Pharmapack Europe in Paris February 15-16. For more details on the event, visit www.pharmapack.fr. Hope to see you stop by the PMP News booth!
15th February 2012
9.30: Opening Address
“From Mesopotamia to modern times, THINK DIFFERENT about INNOVATION,” Patrice Noailles, Président, Seillans Investissement, France
The Manufacturers Association of Florida has presented PharmaWorks with the 2011 Florida Manufacturer of the Year award in the category of businesses with up to 60 employees. Peter Buczynsky, president of PharmaWorks, accepted the award at the annual Manufacturers’ Summit and Global Marketplace in Orlando, FL.
The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) has released guidelines intended to help product and packaging designers improve the recyclability of disposable plastic products. “Design Guidelines for Optimal Hospital Plastics Recycling” was produced by HPRC’s technical working group, which comprises technical experts from HPRC members BD, Cardinal Health, DuPont, Engineered Plastics, Hospira, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, and Waste Management. (Three new members that joined this past fall--Baxter, Eastman, and Philips--participated in reviews.)
The Procter & Gamble Co. has released its 2011 Sustainability Report titled "Commitment to Everyday Life." The report outlines P&G's global progress over the last year in decreasing the environmental footprint of products and operations, fulfilling social responsibility commitments and delivering sustainable product innovations to the market. The report is now available online here.
The Consumer Goods Forum has released its Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability (GPPS) 2.0, and pharmaceutical and medical device packaging professionals would be well served to take a look. Most challenging in developing a sustainability program is figuring out what and how to measure, and with the forum representing more than 650 companies, this protocol offers quite a consensus.
ISTA (the International Safe Transit Association) is getting close to finalizing its “Responsible Packaging by Design” protocol, which gives packaging professionals a “flow-chart” approach to examining existing packaging and potentially more-sustainable alternatives. ISTA chairman Joan Pierce, who is also vice president, packaging sustainability, for Colgate Palmolive, explains that the draft protocol is going through final reviews and edits. The association aims to begin protocol training programs later this fall.
By Dr. Steffen Erler, Smithers Viscient, and Dr. Andrew Feilden, Smithers Rapra
Product-based chemical regulation in the European Union continues to change at a rapid rate. As this article will explain, companies and consultants need to make sure that they are not caught off-guard by what can appear to be seemingly unrelated regulation, as exemplified by “REACH” and “RoHS.” Interactions between these regulations can have a potentially large impact on medical devices.