Members & Committees

Our Members' Sites

UK

  • AstraZeneca (inc. Medimmune): Macclesfield, Alderley Park & Cambridge (×2)

  • Avara: Avlon

  • Bard (Napp) Pharmaceutical: Cambridge

  • Blood Products Laboratory (BPL): Elstree

  • Eli Lilly: Windlesham

  • GSK: Stevenage and Ware

  • Ipsen: Wrexham

  • Lanes Health: Gloucester

  • Lonza: Slough

  • Oxford BioMedica: Oxford

  • Pfizer: Sandwich

  • Wockhardt: Wrexham

Ireland

  • Abbvie: Carrigtwohill

  • Alkermes: Athlone

  • Avara: Shannon

  • Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS): Dublin

  • Eli Lilly: Dunderrow

  • Helsinn Birex: Dublin

  • Ipsen: Dublin

  • Leo Pharma: Dublin

  • SK Biotek: Dublin

Our Committees

A core component of our member interactions, our current committees are:

The general purpose committee serving site engineers and technical personnel from all member sites.  Recent topics at face-to-face meetings have included:

  • Maintenance excellence and management
  • Reliability engineering
  • Facility management (FM) review & evaluation
  • Lean factory
  • Like-for-like
  • Waste management

In 1999 the Tablet Compression Committee and the Solids Processing Committee were merged to form SPTCC.  Beneficial exchanges and sessions have covered topics including:

  • PAT implementation
  • Containment
  • EBR
  • Compressor changeover & set ups
  • Solids transfer and powder flow
  • OEE
  • Continuous processing
  • WIP/CIP
  • Tool usage maintenance & storage
  • Tablet coating operating

Since its founding in 2000, TPBPC has been primarily focused on the operation and maintenance of blister packing lines. Topics discussed that have been particularly beneficial include:

  • Serialisation
  • In-process control elimination
  • Line clearance
  • Low volume runs
  • Use of CI tools and techniques
  • Personnel training and grading
  • Pack rationalisation
  • In-line printing & security systems

Started in 2002, the SOC focuses on the unique technical and operating problems facing engineers involved in support of sterile/aseptic manufacturing. Recent meetings have featured sessions devoted to:

  • Use of isolators versus barriers
  • Regulatory agency audits
  • Autoclave & freeze dryer operations
  • Asceptic product packaging
  • Micro biological monitoring
  • Hepa Filter use

LESC was formed in September 2009 to provide a forum for those involved in engineering maintenance support to Pharma R&D labs. The main topics covered in meetings have included:

  • Lab design, engineering &construction, including “Smart Labs”
  • Use of FM contractors
  • Energy usage & reduction
  • Alternative approaches to instrumentation support
  • Problematic OEM’s
  • Risk management & compliance