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Edelmann involved in EU tamper-evident medicines standards development

The Edelmann Group has taken a leading role in the development of a European standard for tamper-evident closures on pharmaceutical packaging.

A European group of experts is currently working on a CEN standard, based on a DIN (German Institute for Standardisation) draft that was previously created by a German working group. The European working group will publish an initial draft this year.

The Edelmann Group is represented in both working groups, contributing its expertise in the area of pharmaceuticals packaging.

Germany-based Edelmann sees advantages in terms of manipulation prevention in particular among folding cartons with constructive tamper-evident closures – due to their construction, they can only be sealed once and then cannot be opened again without visible damage.

“No further tools are required in this case to check for manipulation,” explains Meino Adam, head of packaging development for health care at the Edelmann Group. “Through the CElock system, which has been registered for a patent, we already have folding carton designs in our portfolio that work accordingly.”

In the CElock system, tabs are torn along a perforated line upon opening, meaning that the original act of opening remains visible. The system was recently used in the packaging solution realised by Edelmann for the blood-pressure reducer Sevikar, a product from the Japanese pharmaceuticals producer Daiichi Sankyo.