Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) were developed to ensure products are produced at a consistent level of quality. These minimum quality standards must be met in every manufacturing sector; from food and beverages to chemicals and medication. The purpose of GMP is to ensure risks are minimised in the production and distribution of the items manufactured.

What does GMP cover?

According to the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering; “GMP covers all aspects of production from the starting materials, premises, and equipment to the training and personal hygiene of staff. Detailed, written procedures are essential for each process that could affect the quality of the finished product. There must be systems to provide documented proof that correct procedures are consistently followed at each step in the manufacturing process – every time a product is made.”

Ensuring compliance through effective EAM

In the Food and Beverage and Chemicals and Life Sciences sectors, heavy traceability requirements present a great challenge. If used effectively, the right Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solution reduces supply chain risks and increases GMP and governance compliance. Infor EAM’s best-in-class asset management software strives to achieve this, and succeeds.

Why focus on traceability in Food & Beverages?

  • Ensure high quality products without defect
  • Curtail recalls
  • Minimise plant processing errors
  • Meet demand for environmentally sound sources and processes
  • Eliminate bioterrorism threats

Why focus on traceability in Chemicals & Life Sciences?

  • Reduce the possibility of contamination and counterfeit products
  • Comply with increasing regulatory requirements
  • Manage parallel trading
  • Avoid possible re-entry of waste product into the supply chain

Four ways that Infor EAM improves traceability

1. Tracking, measurement and reliable records

In manufacturing, effective tracking and recording requires in-depth management of raw materials per batch, the production process, and the location of the finished product. Infor EAM achieves this through the innovative use of tools such as lot codes, bar codes and RFID (radio-frequency identification).

2.  Integrates traceability

With Infor EAM, traceability is seamlessly integrated into any organisation’s existing operations. By incorporating quality assurance from shipment notices through inventory, production, shipping, and logistics, every product is tracked and managed throughout the entire manufacturing lifecycle. While this drastically limits the risk of recall, should a recall be required the process can be executed quickly and efficiently, without the need for manual track-backs.

3.  Automated alerts

With automated alerts, Infor EAM immediately notifies key personnel across the supply chain, should an incident occur. This empowers manufacturers to act proactively, rather than reactively.

4.  Improved supplier relationships

A key element of efficiency in manufacturing is having the right relationships with the right suppliers. Through the integration of lot-specific supplier data and material disclosure, manufacturers using Infor EAM can find the most suitable supplier and make an informed appointment decision.

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By Heilet Scholtz, Executive at EOH Infor Services, Infor’s Master Partner in Africa