Indian Institute of Packaging considers uniform standards for pharmaceutical packaging

18 May 2015 (Last Updated May 18th, 2015 18:30)

The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is planning to introduce uniform standards for packaging pharmaceutical products.

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The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is planning to introduce uniform standards for packaging pharmaceutical products.

Upon finalisation, the proposed standards will be submitted to the commerce ministry for implementation.

The new standards, when put into effect, are expected to bring cost-effectiveness and uniformity in pricing of packaging, while boosting exports, Pharmabiz reported.

During a meeting, pharmaceutical exporters and the IIP have concluded that standardisation of drug packaging is necessary as it will bring rationalisation in terms of costs especially for blister packaging, strip packaging or packaging cartons.

"I have also written to the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India to implement printing of expiry date on the back of each tablet as early as possible."

By implementing the uniform standards, packaging cost will become uniform across the pharma industry, although the cost of drugs may differ.

The IIP is also considering the issue of simplification of barcoding in case of small, intermediate and bulk pack as part of standardisation.

The printing of expiry date behind each tablet in the strip pack is also being considered as expiry date, which is currently printed in one corner of the strip along with the batch number and date of manufacturing, will become difficult to read once patients tear the part where expiry date is printed.

IIP director NC Saha said: "I have also written to the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India to implement printing of expiry date on the back of each tablet as early as possible."


Image: By implementing the uniform standards, packaging cost will become uniform across the pharmaceutical industry, although the cost of drugs may differ. Photo: courtesy of amenic181 via freedigitalphotos.