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FDA to Use Metrics Initiative to Improve Drug Quality throughout Supply Chain

Posted: 03/27/15 at 11:46 AM

By Lawrence D. Sloan, SOCMA President and CEO
 

Combating drug quality and supply shortages are ongoing concerns for 

stakeholders throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain, including members of SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF). As a means to address these concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with the pharmaceutical supply chain on a new Quality Metrics Initiative (QMI). This new initiative, which has been in the works for several years, was a key topic of discussion during the recent DCAT Week 2015 in New York.
  

The QMI effort is being managed within the FDA’s Office of Pharmaceutical Quality’s Office of Surveillance and aims to create an industrywide metrics reporting scheme that will impact multiple stakeholders. These include finished drug formulators, compounders and packagin...

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ChemStewards Educating Members about Benefits of New Optimization Portal

Posted: 03/09/15 at 2:12 PM

 

By Molly Kolodzinski, Senior Manager, ChemStewards

Last October SOCMA launched a new ChemStewards® Portal as part of the 2014 ChemStewards Optimization Project.  This portal is an efficient environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) management system that allows our members to save time and effort by having all ChemStewards and related EHS&S documents in a centralized, web-based repository. 

ChemStewards is dedicated to helping our members achieve continuous improvement in EHS&S, and this tool helps them manage EHS&S challenges from anywhere – as long as there is an internet connection. With the ability to generate custom reports, the tool allows administrators to track member obligations and assist them in meeting deadlines and other issues related to the program.

Brand awareness is always a top priority for ChemStewards, and one of the most effective ways to achieve brand awareness is by interacting with more employees at the plant level.  The portal does no...

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SOCMA Committed to Strengthening Nation’s Workforce

Posted: 02/23/15 at 2:02 PM

By Lawrence D. Sloan, SOCMA President and CEO

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is committed to playing a role in strengthening our nation’s workforce.  Our Chemical Process Operator Training (CPOT) program is designed to provide the next generation of chemical/process operators with basic skills they need to secure good paying jobs and opportunities for job advancement as they navigate their careers.  But it all starts with a solid foundation of learning.

Developed in the 1990s by members for our members, SOCMA’s CPOT program has been used extensively by both members and non-members alike, large and small, to educate new hires and ensure that more experienced operators have a strong command of the knowledge, skills and abilities required of the profession.  Recently, we expanded our focus to community colleges, which are key stakeholders in providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to a new generation of workers.  We are currently asking our members to establish contacts with...

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