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Pharmaceutical Engineering in Turkey Qualification and Validation Alla Turca

| Author / Editor: Dr. Peter Schober and Andrija Marinkovic / Dominik Stephan

Turkey is expected to be Europe's next–door emerging market: With its unique position between orient and occident and its focus on progress the country is set for growth. Projects in Turkey's emerging pharmaceutical industry offer great chances but also distinctive challenges – Chemgineering provided qualification and validation support for a Turkish pharmaceutical company in building a new plant for contract manufacturing. Read what two participants from Business and Technology Design experienced there.

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Turkey – The country between the two seas has linked the orient and occident for centuries and has rich natural and industrial resources.
Turkey – The country between the two seas has linked the orient and occident for centuries and has rich natural and industrial resources.
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In the past few years, countries in south eastern Europe have made economic and industrial progress, especially Turkey. The country between the two seas has linked the orient and occident for centuries and has rich natural and industrial resources. Due to its strong and modern industry, the state is attracting more and more investors and manufacturers. Pharmaceutical production has played a major role in the general industrialization for quite some time. In the past two years, there have been several green field investments in this area in Turkey, each valued at over 50 million Euros.

The Desert Lives

Chemgineering was awarded to accomplish design reviews in the newly constructed plant of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, to qualify the HVAC facilities and to validate the computerized systems (CSV). The client's production site is located in central Turkey, far away from the port cities like Istanbul, Izmir or Antalya.

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As the perfect host, our client organized an exclusive hotel accommodation and the efficient transport from the hotel to the construction site with small mini-vans. The construction site was located in an industrial zone comprised of several thousand hectares which went to the horizon and seemed endless. Supposedly, this land was still a desert without asphalt and traffic just a decade ago. Also the relatively new highway, streets and buildings could be developed on it. Clearly large amounts were invested here and certainly others are planned.

There Must be Quality

Design reviews and qualification could be performed without interference. The design model was on a high level and required a lot of care and experience. We communicated in English, which the employees on the client side spoke rather well. Their written English was even much better than verbal expression, which was very important for creation of the documents . The client employees were nice and very extroverted in terms of the collaboration and about learning new things, particularly in the area of qualification, a relatively new topic in Turkey.

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