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Written guide — How to switch packaging suppliers successfully

Written guide — How to switch packaging suppliers successfully

The increase in vaccine production due to the COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increased demand for pharmaceutical glass packaging. This has impacted the supply chain, leaving some companies with no choice but to look for new glass suppliers.

This guide explains how smaller and mid-size companies who deal with glass manufacturers directly can successfully change suppliers whilst meeting packaging requirements.

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Poster — Vial anatomy and classification

Poster — Vial anatomy and classification

This poster provides guidance on the anatomy and classification of pharmaceutical vials.

The resource clearly defines anatomical terminology for tubular and moulded glass vials together with a table that summarises the suitability of glass container types based upon the general recommendations of the European (Ph. Eur) and United States Pharmacopoeia (USP).

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Webinar replay — Pharma glass recalls: Causes and preventative measures

Webinar replay — Pharma glass recalls: Causes and preventative measures

The consequences of pharmaceutical product recalls can be huge. Not only is company reputation and profits at stake, but most importantly, deviating pharmaceuticals can cause patient harm and even death.

This video replay is a combination of three webinars and each session is focused on a specific cause of product recalls.

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Written guide — Pharma glass recalls: Causes and preventative measures

Written guide — Pharma glass recalls: Causes and preventative measures

This document summarises the key takeaways from our three-part webinar series – Pharma glass recalls: Causes and preventative measures. 

Each webinar focused on different causes of pharmaceutical glass packaging recalls including drug product and glass interaction, cracking and breakages, and dimensional non-conformance.

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Poster — Glassmakers' periodic table of elements

Poster — Glassmakers' periodic table of elements

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the periodic table of elements we released a glass-specific periodic table.

This unique poster highlights the elements commonly used by glass technologists and a graphical legend indicates the role that these elements take in the glass manufacturing process. These include network formers, flux agents, optical modifiers, refining agents, stabilisers, colourants and those found within refractory materials commonly used in glass making.

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Client testimonials

Glass Technology Services has been a great partner…

Glass Technology Services has been a great partner and a vital part of MediSurge’s process to get our product to our customers. We receive great communication from the team that is both professional and timely. Our ability to service our customers hinges on this and we are very appreciative of our continued partnership with them.


Joe McDonough, Supply Chain Manager, MediSurge

The chemistry team at Glass Technology Services provide an invaluable service…

The chemistry team at Glass Technology Services provide an invaluable service analysing chemical composition and physical properties of our ceramic powders. They provide results in compliance with the relevant international standards and regulatory requirements. Their technical support is excellent and it gave us confidence in the routine and one-off analysis work they perform for us.


Dr. Henry R. Foxhall PhD CEng FIMMM, Technical and Operations Manager, Plasma Biotal

Our glass experts

We have over 40 years’ combined experience in performing chemical and pharmaceutical testing for world-leading brands in the glass and pharmaceutical industries. Our experts have published scientific papers in this area and are members of the TC2 and TC12 technical committees.

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Amy Ashton

Amy Ashton

Chemistry Laboratory Manager
Amy manages the chemistry department at Glass Technology Services and is a leading expert in chemical durability and elemental migration. Amy also assists the Quality Department as Technical Quality Manager. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Pharmaceutical glass packaging Quality assurance Method development and validation
Dr Nick Kirk

Dr Nick Kirk

Technical Director
Nick is a glass expert with decades of experience in all aspects of sustainability, glass production, and product design across the global glass supply chain. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Glass production Sustainability and recycling Product design
Abby Mills

Abby Mills

Senior Technologist
Abby has over 5 years' experience in Chemistry and Analytical techniques with glass materials, her main focus being ICP-OES analysis of heavy metals in glass and trace elemental analysis, as well as providing a range of analysis for the pharmaceutical industry. Read More
Will Smith

Will Smith

Senior Technical Analyst
Will has over 6 years of experience in the glass industry, focusing on chemical and analytical techniques. His focus being pharmacopoeia and the suitability of glass products for the pharmaceutical industry. Read More
Daniel Capon

Daniel Capon

Technical Manager
Daniel is a specialist in glass analysis and focuses on XRF and SEM. He has worked in the glass industry since 1999 and overseas our glass properties and environmental departments. Read More

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