The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced that it has released the ISPE Good Practice Guide: Equipment Reliability. The guide offers best practices with respect to equipment reliability and addresses opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry beyond equipment reliability. Concepts covered in the guide include physical assets; production-related facilities, utilities, and equipment; materials management; packaging and labeling; and laboratory operations. The publication was written and reviewed by a group of experts in the eld. The guide covers the equipment life cycle from design to decommissioning.

According to Michael Berkey, the team lead for the guide and Merck & Co. Inc.’s associate director, “As innovation extends to and transforms the supply chain, equipment life cycle costs and availability become ever more relevant for maintaining a competitive advantage. 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.”

ISPE, North Bethesda, MD, is a not-for-profit association serving members through scientific, technical, and regulatory advancement in the pharmaceutical industry. (5/21)