Frankfurt to host global roundtable on open architecture for track and trace

Defining global track-and-trace standards for the pharmaceutical industry is a key goal of the Sept. 24, 2014 event in Frankfurt.

Organized by Optel Vision, the first Roundtable on Open Architecture for T&T will be held Sept. 24, 2014 at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center.

Country regulations on serialization put pharmaceutical companies under immense pressure to equip their lines before the various country deadlines.

Since the investments are great and the number of lines to install is enormous, it is fundamental to agree on standards in the industry while the process is in its beginning stages. In order to come up with a sustainable architecture and reliable solutions, major line-level supplier's market leaders have decided to gather and help define the standards for the industry.

The stakes are immense for the pharmaceutical industry. It is always first and foremost about patient safety.

Drug shortages are a global issue that can be reduced by taking actions as defining standards that will improve the pharmaceutical industry.


The major objective of this Roundtable is to define the standards concerning open architectures for track & trace in the pharmaceutical industry. Here are the specific objectives in more detail:

• Review requirements of the data exchange between the different architecture levels in the track & trace  space.

• Presentation of the draft standards that have been defined with the major line track & trace  suppliers to exchange data to upper-level systems.

• Presentation of real industry standard case studies in the electronic industry that have led to the setting of the current standards, what have been their issues? How they solved them? Also, how the new standards brought simplicity amongst serialized lines.

• Open discussion with a question and answer time

• Action plan to implement the new standards

• Conclusion

Reasons to join the Roundtable

• This Roundtable is the very first event of its kind where major suppliers in the pharmaceutical industry will define standards for the industry concerning open architectures for track & trace.

• The stakes are great and will affect each and every player in this industry during the coming years. Be part of the decisive consensus that will define these new standards.

• You will also have the chance to get answers to your questions first hand from the leading providers currently involved in track & trace solutions and be able to exchange experiences with companies that already have already implemented their track & trace infrastructures.

Who can attend?

• All suppliers involved in track & trace at the production plant

• Pharmaceutical manufacturers

• Managers and technical experts only

THIS IS A VENDOR-AGNOSTIC EVENT, hence sales persons are not permitted

• Standard organizations

• Consultants

• Interested healthcare professionals

• Magazines in the pharmaceutical industry (the goal is to make everyone in the industry aware of the event and that all major suppliers have come up with standards for the industry). Only one journalist per magazine will be invited since there will be no fees for their participation.

Cost to participate in this event (per person)

• 300€ per customer

• 800€ per supplier (for two persons)

The cost includes conference room and technical equipment, catering and service, expense for the moderator.

Note: This is a non-profit event, and registered suppliers will receive a detailed report of all costs associated with this event. Hence, all exceeding money will be retransferred back to each supplier at the end of the round table.

Moderator: An independent consultant in the domain will supervise the Roundtable as a moderator in order to guide and lead the discussion. He will have the right to refuse any attendee participation to the event considering they do not meet the guidelines or have not paid to attend this event.

How to register?

To register, click on the following link and complete the form. Please note that you will be charged the full amount prior to attending the Roundtable.

• If you are a supplier, click on the following link and then select “Supplier Admission” (2 persons maximum per registration, e-mail address is mandatory)

• If you are a customer, a consultant, a standard organization, or a healthcare professional, click on this link and then select “Guest Admission” (one person per registration, e-mail address is mandatory)

Action plan

In order to present a draft proposal during the event, we propose the following action plan:

• Agreement on the agnostic moderator. Proposal: Lars Olsen and Lens Bruun, Principal Consultants, Global Consulting, Serialization

• Creation of an expert group from each supplier

• Definition of the requirements of data exchanged between the different levels

• Proposal from each supplier of their draft communication protocol

• Presentation and discussion on the different proposals

• Moderator or volunteer to regroup different proposals and propose standard protocols

• Presentation and discussion on draft standard protocols




• 09:00 to 09:30: Arrival of participants and welcome coffee time

• 09:30 to 09:45: Welcome to participants (rules and guidelines of the event)

• 09:45 to 10:00: Presentation of the moderator and the participating suppliers

• 10:00 to 10:15: Roundtable introduction and objectives of this event

• 10:15 to 11:15: Case study on industry standards for the electronic industry (invite a company in this industry to share their experience)

• 11:15 to 11:45: Coffee break

• 11:45 to 13:00: Review of the requirements of data exchange from level 2 to higher level

• 13:00 to 14:00: Lunch
• 14:00 to 15:30: Presentation of the draft defined standards

• 15:30 to 15:45: Coffee break

• 15:45 to 16:45: Open discussion on the standards with questions and answers

• 16:45 to 17:15: Final step to end up with a global standard

Suppliers confirmed as of May 29th include the following:

Advanco, Antares, Bosch, Inxites, Laetus, Movilitas, MT-PCE, OCS, Seidenader, Uhlmann, and Werum.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers confirmed as of May 29th include the following: Abbvie, Actavis, Astellas, Bayer, Fresenius, GSK, Hospira, Sandoz, and Teva.

Event Location: Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center,
Hugo-Eckener-Ring 15, 60549, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Parking space: If you drive a vehicle, you may rent a parking space at the Sheraton for 25€ per day. The cost is not included in the registration price.

For more information contact Alexandre Thomas by phone at +1-418-688-0334 x 6170, or e-mail at

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