Fast tracking: Australian pharmaceutical maker automates regulatory compliance with MES

Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited automated its regulatory compliance processes by adopting a manufacturing execution system (MES) with electronic batch record (eBR) capabilities.


Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd ., a leading Australian pharmaceutical manufacturer, has automated its regulatory compliance processes by adopting a manufacturing execution system (MES) with electronic batch record (eBR) capabilities.

The implementation of the XFP-MES from Elan Software at the Sigma Pharmaceuticals Dandenong site also represents the first application of a commercially available MES in the Australian pharmaceutical market.

The Elan solution generates eBRs documenting every action performed by Sigma’s dispensing, manufacturing, and clean-in process (CIP) systems. The eBRs are essentially electronic copies of the standard paper-based batch records that most pharmaceuticals manufacturers use to control manufacturing processes. The advantages of eBRs include:

“The implementation of the Elan Software EBR system, tightly integrated with Sigma’s ERP and automation layers, has demonstrated true MES, replacing cumbersome paper based-traceability with electronic work instructions,” says Ken Maxwell, project director at Dickinson Autocon Systems , the systems integrator that assisted Sigma with the implementation. “This allows a common validated record of all manufacturing steps with genealogy tracking enabling Sigma to achieve the highest regulatory compliance, and drastically improve batch-release times.”

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