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Sharp Packaging Alliance With Serialisation Leaders

October 31, 2016

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Sharp Packaging Services, a division of UDG Healthcare and global leader in contract packaging and clinical services, today announced they will be addressing delegates at CPhI WorldWide, alongside technology partners and leaders in serialisation - TraceLink, Systech, Covectra and Domino. The alliance will offer Sharp's clients a proven and rapid implementation path to serialisation readiness in 

view of the upcoming directives by the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in November 2017 and the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (EU FMD) in February 2019. 

Rick Seibert, SVP of Innovation & Technology, commented on the partnerships: "We are very pleased to be collaborating with TraceLink, Systech, Covectra and Domino, each of whom are leaders in their field. Sharp has implemented a robust and tested technical architecture in line with all current and evolving regulatory requirements to support our customers for serialisation globally. These collaborations will provide a skillset and deeper knowledge base to our clients in preparation for the upcoming serialisation directives. By leveraging our network of technology partners, we are ensuring our customer's path to serialisation is as seamless and efficient as possible."

Sharp is partnering with TraceLink to help its 100 pharmaceutical manufacturing customers prepare for the next phase of rapidly approaching regulation requirements. As the serialisation solution provider to Sharp, TraceLink's productised functionality will assist Sharp in meeting the variable set of customer requirements for serialisation transactions. Additionally, TraceLink's Life Sciences Cloud multi-tenant network architecture will help eliminate point-to-point integration complexities, provide seamless compliance for global regulations and reduce business risk for Sharp's extensive pharmaceutical customer base.

The partnership with Systech will implement the company's best-of-breed UniSeries™ Serialisation suite to deliver seamless multi regional, multi aggregation serialisation provisioning to its customers, reducing the risk of failure to meet the regulatory demands and allowing full flexibility of service.

Covectra partners with Sharp to supply a complete serialisation solution for the life science market, through its AuthentiTrack solution, which offers a modular yet comprehensive approach to serialise down to the unit of use. Together Covectra and Sharp have implemented complete product roll outs with serialisation to dose levels.

Domino has extensive experience in developing and manufacturing legislative compliant coding solutions for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors and Sharp have worked successfully with Domino printing technology over the last eight years to serialise over 2 billion pharmaceutical packages.

Sharp Packaging Services and its panel of serialisation technology partners will be presenting at CPhI Worldwide, the annual pharmaceutical congress held in Barcelona from 4 - 6 October 2016. Addressing delegates on the theme of "Serialisation: Optimizing Your Supply Chain Means Optimizing Your Partners". The presentation will explore the critical path to supply chain readiness, risk-assessment, benchmarking and serialisation risk mitigation options. The briefing will take place in the Pharma Insight Briefing room on Tuesday, 4 October 2016 at 11:30am CEST.

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