18 - 20 June, 2019 | Crowne Plaza Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Conference Day One

9:00 am - 9:10 am Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andrew Love - Vice President Capability Development, Be4Ward

Andrew Love

Vice President Capability Development

9:10 am - 9:55 am The Role of Packaging and Labelling on Supply Chain Efficiency

Prabir Das - Vice President - Packaging Development, Mylan
  • Discuss the importance of packaging and labelling to provide logistics data and conforming to the necessary configurations of height and weight,  essential for an effective supply chain
  • Understand how an effective supply chain retains the quality of the packaging and maintains brand value
  • Discover how cross-functional collaboration between packaging, labelling and supply chain teams is essential for an effective supply chain

Prabir Das

Vice President - Packaging Development

9:55 am - 10:40 am Evaluating the use of Smart Packaging and interaction with Smartphones

Andrew Smith - Technical Packaging Director, GSK
  • Understand how you can implement new technologies, while working around your existing packaging and minimising the impact on design efficiency 
  • Explore the regulatory implications of using smartphone technology in packaging and the restrictions on accessing sensitive patient data
  • Benchmark your own practices in implementing new technology and overcome the challenge of controlling cost


Andrew Smith

Technical Packaging Director

10:40 am - 11:10 am Networking Coffee Break

11:10 am - 11:30 am Networking by Numbers

A highlight of Pharma IQ events! Be ready to meet your peers and share best practices. You will have several 2 minute conversations to enable you to introduce yourself to your peers and add to your contact pool. There is a prize in it for the winner so get networking!
Please Share:
1. Who you are
2. The scope of your job role
3.What you plan to achieve from attending this event
4.Your #1 challenge

11:30 am - 12:15 pm Ensure a Return on Your Investment by Implementing E-Labelling into Pre-Existing, Multi-Functional Barcodes

Tatjana Pathare - Senior Artworks and Regulations Specialist within the Serialization Project, Roche
Christian Hay - Senior Consultant - Healthcare, GS1
  • Maximise the use of existing 2D data matrix barcodes on folding boxes, and eventually primary packaging, by introducing e-labelling
  • Discuss and overcome the challenges faced during the implementation of new technologies and how to remain compliant, using a pilot project in Belgium as an example
  • Benchmark your own practices and exploit the full capabilities of an integrated tool to provide maximum information to patients and prescribers 

Tatjana Pathare

Senior Artworks and Regulations Specialist within the Serialization Project


Christian Hay

Senior Consultant - Healthcare

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Solutions to Optimise Your End-to-End Artwork Process

  • The drivers of change in the packaging supply chain
  • Controlling a global artwork process to ensure efficiency and transparency
  • Implementing a GMP compliant artwork process
  • Vendor selection, managing outsourcing and developing long term business partnerships
  • Identifying how Asset Management and Workflow Techniques improve effectiveness

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm EU MDR and its Implications for Labelling and Artwork

Karolina Komposh - Labelling and Artwork Manager, Croma-Pharma
  • Understand the critical milestones encountered when implementing the EU MDR and the challenges of introducing new symbols and the unique device identifier. 
  • Benchmark your own strategies for overcoming the challenges of implementing the new EU regulations
  • Prepare and adapt your labelling and artwork systems to the new EU MDR, taking into account regional specifics and technical capabilities

Karolina Komposh

Labelling and Artwork Manager

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Maximise your Brand Engagement with Patient-Centric Packaging and Understand how it Improves Patient Lives

Ger Standhardt - Executive Director, HCPC Europe
  • Benchmark your own packaging as we examine real-life implications of the HCPC Europe award-winning packaging on the lives of patients and how it has influence therapy adherence 
  • Explore how you can use patient-centric packaging design and what benefits can be derived from creating packaging that patients enjoy 
  • Design strategies  on how to innovate your packaging, while remaining compliant 

Ger Standhardt

Executive Director
HCPC Europe

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Preparing for the Worst: Negotiating with Sites That Have Not Prepared for the FMD and Anticipating Brexit

Huda Awidi - Regional Regulatory Affairs Manager -Labelling and Artworks Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Pakistan, Mundipharma
  • Understand the challenges of managing multiple sites that are not regulated by the FDA or EU, with respect to artwork and labelling
  • Develop risk-mitigation strategies to manage your relationships with global sites that are not subject to the FMD or UDI regulations to avoid distribution barriers
  • Anticipate the global implications of Brexit on non-EU pharmaceutical manufacturers and the steps being taken prepare for the worst  

Huda Awidi

Regional Regulatory Affairs Manager -Labelling and Artworks Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Pakistan

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Live Tech Demos

Think Out-Side the Box: Don’t just hear about how you can optimise your packaging, artwork and labelling with new technology – See it live!

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Networking Coffee Break

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Break-Out Discussions

Andrew Smith - Technical Packaging Director, GSK
  1. Back to Business as Usual – Re-Optimising Your Packaging Capabilities in the Post-FMD Environment
  2. Explore the Future of Sustainable Packaging and Take Back Ideas
  3. Adapting Packaging Materials to Enhance Your Brand Identity while Remaining Compliant 

Andrew Smith

Technical Packaging Director

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Dragon’s Lair: This Interactive Session Packs Both Fun And Challenge Into A Targeted Learning Session

Delegates will split into teams to conceptualise, and create a brand new prototype that improves patient adherence.
The challenge: Create a packaging, labelling and artwork solution for delivering a liquid dose of medicine to people in an area of with a high incidence of diarrhoea and low sanitation. These patients must take their medicine four times a day, at regular intervals, but cannot use a traditional spoon. There is no clean water supply so the risk of re-infection is significant.
Once formed, each team will present to expert judges, who will vote for the best solution.

5:40 pm - 6:40 pm Networking Drinks Reception