Concepts in the guide apply to physical assets, facilities, utilities, and equipment that support production, materials management, packaging and labelling, and laboratory operations
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) has released a good practice guide to equipment reliability. The guide addresses specific opportunities for the pharmaceutical industry beyond the general reliability of equipment, and can serve as the basis for an effective reliability program, the ISPE says.
“As innovation extends to and transforms the supply chain, equipment lifecycle costs and availability become ever more relevant to maintaining a competitive advantage,” said Guide Team Lead Michael Berkey, Associate Director, Merck, Kenilworth, NJ, USA. “The strategy and tactics of reliability can help companies maintain the value of their equipment throughout its useful life and mission and the application of asset management principles can help companies leverage equipment towards a competitive advantage.”
The guide has been written and reviewed by a group of experts in the field, designed as a reference for systematically and proactively improving reliability at all stages of the equipment lifecycle from design to decommissioning.