This article presents a case study based on an international workshop hosted by Novartis Vaccines to prepare guidelines for incorporating lean principles into pharmaceutical quality control laboratory design. Novartis Vaccines has applied a structured implementation of lean principles across Quality Control (QC) laboratories in Europe, India, China and the United States.
The aim has been to significantly improve internal work processes, communications. customer interfaces, and operational performance. The design, layout, and placement of labs can have a significant positive or negative impact on the implementation and sustainability of lean processes and behaviours within the lab. This article was published in the ISPE Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine Sept / Oct 2014 issue.