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Press Release

10. October 2019

Popular Meeting Place for the Industry: Serialization Symposium Enters the Next Stage


Exchange platform for the international pharmaceutical industry.
Image Bertelsmann Premises: © Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

  • Together, Arvato Systems and Traxeed invite the international pharmaceutical industry to the Bertelsmann Premises in Berlin on November 12 and 13 for the chance to share their knowledge with one another
  • The two-day event will focus on the successful implementation of global serialization requirements in light of the upcoming serialization regulations in Russia in 2020

Gütersloh – For the seventh year in a row, around 200 representatives of international pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, health authorities, and representatives of national verification systems from around 20 countries will meet for the 7th Serialization Symposium” at the Bertelsmann Premises in Berlin on November 12 and 13.

This year’s presentations and workshops will focus on the global requirements of pharmaceutical packaging serialization, Russia’s challenging regulations, and the exchange of experiences made in previous projects related to serialization. The event, titled “The Serialization Journey – Next Stages After Ignition,” means for some international companies the beginning of a journey toward serialization and for others, a chance to enter the next stage.

There are various initiatives being planned or implemented worldwide in an effort to protect patients from counterfeit medications in the legal supply chain. As of 9 February 2019, prescription medicines may only be sold in Europe if every individual package can be verified as being unopened and bears an individual serial number. In Russia, the law on serializing medication with crypto coding entered into force on 1 January 2019. This stipulates that serialization will be mandatory by law starting on 1 January 2020. Similar initiatives are being planned and promoted in a number of other countries.

“The interest in our Serialization Symposium has once again grown this year. This shows us that our content and our network of know-how transmitters strikes the right chord within the international pharmaceutical industry,” says Peter Koop, Vice President Healthcare at Arvato Systems. “Together with our partner Traxeed, we are pleased to once again be able to offer a unique platform for exciting discussions at a high level to a first-rate group of participants.”

“The Serialization Symposium offers content like no other event in this field,” adds Hermann Schäfer, Vice President at Traxeed. “As a partner of Arvato Systems, we are proud to host representatives of the international pharmaceutical industry to Berlin again this year.”  

The 7th Serialization Symposium, hosted by Arvato Systems and Traxeed, also receives the support of the following companies: Laetus GmbH, Jekson Vision, pester pac automation GmbH, Rondo AG, and Werum IT Solutions GmbH.

The first day of the event will conclude with an evening of networking where participants can explore the various topics of the day in a more relaxed atmosphere.

About Arvato Systems

As a globally active IT specialist, Arvato Systems supports renowned companies with digital transformation. Our 2,700+ employees at more than 25 locations around the world have high-level technical skills and industry expertise, and they focus intently on meeting client needs.

In the healthcare segment, Arvato Systems covers the entire end-to-end process chain with its own serialization solutions. These solutions support both individual manufacturing companies and national verification systems. Arvato Systems has been selected as an official service provider by the European Medicines Verification Organization (EMVO). We rely on our own team of serialization experts, who implement numerous projects in the international environment.

We work together as a team to develop innovative IT solutions, take our clients into the cloud, integrate digital processes, and assume responsibility for operating IT systems and providing accompanying support. Together with Arvato, which is part of the Bertelsmann Group, we are also able to map entire value-added chains. We ensure that our business relationships with our clients are both personal and based on a trusting partnership. This allows us to achieve long-term success together.

About Traxeed

Traxeed is your partner for integrated serialization solutions from Level 1 to Level 5. We apply proven methods to supply regulated industries with complete turnkey projects that include turnkey Track&Trace strategies and their implementation, in addition to software and hardware. Traxeed clients benefit from the many years of experience that the Körber Medipak Systems companies, Systec & Services and Seidenader Maschinenbau GmbH, have to offer: Seidenader contributes its comprehensive know-how in Track&Trace and aggregation machines as well as the necessary software for Levels 1 to 3. And Systec & Services contributes many years of experience in the implementation of Levels 1 to 5.

Körber Medipak Systems is a partner of the international pharmaceutical and biotech industry with locations in Germany, Switzerland, the U.S., the Czech Republic, Brazil, and China. 2,100 employees worldwide work for Medipak Systems. The Group unites the Dividella, Fargo Automation, Mediseal, Rondo, Seidenader, Systec & Services, Traxeed, and Werum IT Solutions brands and offers a single source for software, materials, machines, and technologies for the manufacture, inspection, and packaging of pharmaceutical products: these include Pharma Manufacturing Execution Systems, the development and production of standard and special folding boxes, innovative packaging and inspection machines, and solutions for the traceability of pharmaceuticals (Track&Trace).

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