Recipharm, the contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), has established a dedicated taskforce to manage the potential impact of Brexit on its organisation.
With less than a year until the UK exits the European Union (EU), the Sweden headquartered global CDMO is focused on managing the transition with minimal impact to its operations and customers.
The formation of the ‘Brexit taskforce’ will see Recipharm prioritise its preparations and invest in the necessary capabilities and equipment within its UK and European facilities to ensure seamless operations post March 2019.
Commenting on the announcement, Thomas Beck, Senior Vice President Quality Management at Recipharm, said: “While many stakeholders in the pharma industry are campaigning for a ‘soft’ exit from the EU, there is a risk that the complexity of the regulatory landscape will increase dramatically if a ‘hard’ Brexit takes place. Consequently, we are preparing for all eventualities.”
“Recipharm’s presence in both the UK and mainland Europe means we are well positioned to support our customers post-Brexit. We are also adept at streamlining processes across geographies and dealing with third party importations into Europe due to our global facilities.”
To strengthen its organisation ahead of Brexit, Recipharm has plans to recruit more staff in laboratory and regulatory roles to meet the additional analytical, release testing and administration requirements that are expected.
Thomas continued: “Brexit has the potential to bring about additional resource demands. We are focused on ensuring our team is equipped to handle the potential challenges so that our customers continue to receive the same level of service. We also expect to see a greater demand for outsourced manufacturing services from UK-based marketing authorisation holders (MAHs) wishing to supply to Europe and are preparing our team to meet this demand.”
“We firmly believe that the challenge needs to be faced in a pragmatic way and have been liaising with both the EMA and relevant politicians to communicate that the finer details of Brexit and the implications on our industry need to be discussed as a matter of priority.”
Recipharm serves 450+ customers from development and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US.
Recipharm is a leading Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO) in the pharmaceutical industry employing around 5,000 employees. Recipharm offers manufacturing services of pharmaceuticals in various dosage forms, production of clinical trial material and APIs, and pharmaceutical product development. Recipharm manufactures several hundred different products to customers ranging from big pharma to smaller research and development companies. Recipharm’s turnover is approximately SEK 5.3 billion and the company operates development and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
For more information on Recipharm and our services, please visit www.recipharm.com