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Case study: Automated temperature monitoring in Stansted Laboratories with testo Saveris 2

Stansted Laboratories is a highly successful UKAS accredited laboratory of 20 staff analysing over 50,000 samples a year in a purpose-built facility.

Maintaining precise temperatures within its devices, including incubators, fridges, freezers and water baths and cold room is essential to ensure accuracy and for compliance with the stringent UKAS requirements, as is maintaining a detailed record.

Stansted Laboratories found that they were spending an inefficient amount of time recording manual readings. Testo recommended the cost-effective and flexible Saveris 2 system to help solve the problems faced by Stansted Laboratories,  and a range of 15 Saveris 2 wireless temperature data loggers are now in use.

Read the full case study to discover how Stansted Laboratories utilised the testo Saveris 2 data monitoring system, saving them time and ensuring accuracy.

 

 

 

 

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If you would like further information regarding testo Saveris 2 please go to www.testo.co.uk or call us on +44 1420544433 and we’ll be happy to help

Further information about Stansted Laboratories can be found on their website https://www.stanstedlabs.com/ or telephone +44 (0)20 8594 5104

 

 

How to ensure pharmaceuticals are kept in the right conditions during production

Do you want to avoid a WARNING LETTER under all circumstances? And therefore substantial consequential commercial losses or high compensation claims as well? With testo Saveris you are on the safe side: meaning you have a reliable, proven and audit-safe solution – specially for climate monitoring in a GMP-regulated environment.

 

Expertise you can count on.

For 60 years Testo have produced high-precision, reliable measuring instruments and solutions for measurement data management. With comprehensive services in the area of measuring technology, which are perfectly customised to your individual requirements.

 

 

Reliability you can depend on.

Monitoring and documentation of quality parameters is mandatory when manufacturing and storing pharmaceutical products. Testo Saveris records and documents these, triggering a central alarm when there is a violation of the defined limit values.

 

Service which doesn’t let you down.

Once a testo Saveris system is implemented, our service doesn’t stop there: we also support you both before and after purchase with a wide range of services.

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have – get in touch with us!

Or for more information on climate monitoring you can now easily download an interesting trade article on the topic of “Automated climate monitoring in a validated environment”. It includes important information on the following:

  • Goals of climate monitoring
  • Current measurement technologies
  • The validated environment
  • Combine flexibility and security

 

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Like some more info?

If you’d like more information on testo and our solutions for the pharmaceutical sector please go to www.testo.co.uk

 

Testo will be at the Pharmacy show discussing the importance of pharmacy temperature control

Next week testo will be at the Pharmacy show in Birmingham (8th-9th October), discussing how to ensure constant indoor climate for pharmaceutical storage. Testo will be offering our industry knowledge and displaying our range of solutions for pharmaceutical safety, which help manufacturers meet quality requirements and give the reassurance they are storing and distributing produce safely.

Why is pharmacy temperature control such a hot topic?

Effective temperature monitoring is an absolute necessity for modern day pharmacies. In order to guarantee the safety of patients, pharmacies must ensure drugs and vaccines are stored at certain temperatures, with all such measurements properly documented. The pharmacy guidelines on temperature monitoring, as issued by the MHRA, outline that controlled drugs and vaccines stored in pharmacy fridges must meet benchmarks to ensure the maximum efficacy and shelf-life.

With pharmacy audits becoming more thorough, compliance to guidelines in terms of climate control has become a key part of the regulatory process. To meet such strict protocols, both temperature monitoring and accurate record-keeping are absolutely vital for any facility storing prescription drugs.

The problem is, with the absence of an automated system in place, this not only requires time-consuming work from the pharmacy team, it also increases the risk of mistakes or oversights. Some pharmacists for example, simply perform a daily check on their fridges to see they are still working. What they fail to recognise however is, not only does this fail to reveal any fluctuations, for instance when the fridge door has been open too long, but more importantly it doesn’t give you the chance to react quickly should there be a malfunction.

This can have a hugely negative effect on a pharmacy’s reputation, not to mention the loss of expensive drugs means an enormous financial burden. More concerning still, is the risk of prescriptions not having the intended effect, due to the product themselves being tainted because of improper temperature control. Not everyone is aware, but if pharmaceutical products aren’t stored correctly, this can drastically reduce their effectiveness.

 

With the testo Saveris 2, 24/7 continuous monitoing has never been simpler

 

How Pharmacies can control this

So, what can pharmacists do to be sure their pharmaceuticals and therefore patients are kept safe? In the past, fully integrated temperature monitoring systems have been complicated to install and are often very expensive. However, with the availability of new wireless climate monitoring solutions such as testo’s Saveris 2, 24/7 continuous monitoring has never been simpler and more cost effective.

The biggest advantage of such a system is its simplicity. Saveris 2 for example can be installed quite easily without the need for studying complicated instructions. And just a few minutes after commissioning it, the wireless probes start transmitting the first measurement values by WiFi. Done.

Here is a short overview of the key advantages of a wireless climate monitoring system:

  • Allows you to ensure pharmaceuticals are always kept in correct conditions thanks to 24/7 continuous monitoring
  • Automatic alerts if there is a fluctuation, via email or SMS
  • Low cost and simple to use, with systems now available from under £100

Testo’s aim is to help people to understand just how important it is for pharmacies to monitor temperature. We so often hear about the need to monitor conditions in pharmaceutical production and logistics, but as with all delicate produce, quality control must continue right through until it is the hands of the end-customer.

Register and get your Free tickets now

If you’d like some more information on testo’s solutions for the Pharmaceutical Industry or you’ve got a potential requirement you’d like to discuss, please come down and visit testo on Stand PJ16 at the NEC, Birmingham on the 8th and 9th of October.

Click here for your free tickets.

Alternatively, if you’re not going to make it to the show, feel free to reach out to us. You can either visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Hope to see you there!

The importance of effective temperature monitoring in pharmacies

In order to guarantee the safety of patients, pharmacies must ensure drugs and vaccines are stored at certain temperatures, with all such measurements properly documented. The pharmacy guidelines on temperature monitoring, as issued by the MHRA, outline that controlled drugs and vaccines stored in pharmacy fridges must meet benchmarks to ensure the maximum efficacy and shelf-life.

With pharmacy audits becoming more thorough, compliance to guidelines in terms of climate control has become a key part of the regulatory process. To meet such strict protocols, both temperature monitoring and accurate record-keeping are absolutely vital for any facility storing prescription drugs.

 

Effective temperature monitoring is an absolute necessity for modern day pharmacies

 

The problem is, with the absence of an automated system in place, this not only requires time-consuming work from the pharmacy team, it also increases the risk of mistakes or oversights. Some pharmacists for example, simply perform a daily check on their fridges to see they are still working. What they fail to recognise however is, not only does this fail to reveal any fluctuations, for instance when the fridge door has been open too long, but more importantly it doesn’t give you the chance to react quickly should there be a malfunction.

 

If pharmaceutical products aren’t stored correctly, this can reduce their effectiveness

 

This can have a hugely negative effect on a pharmacy’s reputation, not to mention the loss of expensive drugs means an enormous financial burden. More concerning still, is the risk of prescriptions not having the intended effect, due to the product themselves being tainted because of improper temperature control.

 

How Pharmacies can control this

So, what can pharmacists do to be sure their pharmaceuticals and therefore patients are kept safe? In the past, fully integrated temperature monitoring systems have been complicated to install and are often very expensive. However, with the availability of new wireless climate monitoring solutions such as testo’s Saveris 2, 24/7 continuous monitoring has never been simpler and more cost effective.

The biggest advantage of such a system is its simplicity. Saveris 2 for example can be installed quite easily without the need for studying complicated instructions. And just a few minutes after commissioning it, the wireless probes start transmitting the first measurement values by WiFi. Done.

Here is a short overview of the key advantages of a wireless climate monitoring system:

  • Allows you to ensure pharmaceuticals are always kept in correct conditions thanks to 24/7 continuous monitoring
  • Automatic alerts if there is a fluctuation, via email or SMS
  • Low cost and simple to use, with systems now available from under £100

All in all, we hope this piece helps to just how important it is for pharmacies to monitor temperature. We so often hear about the need to monitor conditions in pharmaceutical production and logistics, but as with all delicate produce, quality control must continue right through until it is the hands of the end-customer.

 

About testo Food and Pharma Safety

Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for both food and pharmaceutical safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing your produce safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, throughout the cold chain, testo has the right solution to ensure your piece of mind. Want to find out more about testo safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

Testo’s Saveris 2 provides reliable, low cost, automated temperature monitoring for Stansted Laboratories

Stansted Laboratories is a highly successful UKAS accredited laboratory of 20 staff analysing over 50,000 samples a year in a purpose-built facility.  It specialises in microbiological analysis of water and air, with its main income derived from Legionella testing of water and drinking water bacteriological analysis.

Maintaining precise temperatures within its devices, including incubators, fridges, freezers and water baths and cold room is essential to ensure accuracy and for compliance with the stringent UKAS requirements, as is maintaining a detailed record.  Stansted Laboratories had been monitoring and recording equipment temperatures manually, but as the company grew this became a time consuming, labour intensive activity.

 

Temperature monitoring made simple

Following a site visit, Testo recommended its Saveris 2 system, a highly cost-effective, flexible temperature and humidity data logging solution specifically for small to medium sized applications, which still provides the accuracy and reliability of its larger ‘parent’ system, Saveris 1.

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A Saveris 2 logger being used to measure temperature in Standsted’s UKAS accredited laboratory

 

15 Saveris 2 wireless temperature data loggers are now in use at Stansted Laboratories. Most the loggers are T2 which are being used to monitor temperatures in fridges, fridge freezers and incubators from -25°C to + 50°C, with T3 loggers with specialist flexible probes used for the 50°C water baths and a T1 logger with internal NTC temperature sensor in the cold room.

The T2 data loggers are being used with a Testo Penetration probe NTC with ribbon cable (2 metre length) which is exceptionally flat allowing it to be pushed through narrow openings, such as the door seal of the fridges and incubators without impacting the performance of those units.

 

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Testo’s Saveris 2 is flexible and can also be used for more technical applications, where external probes are required for example

 

The measured temperature values from all the data loggers are automatically recorded by the Saveris 2 system and sent directly over a wireless LAN to the Testo cloud (online storage), requiring no manual intervention.  The information is formatted into an easy to read graphic based report for each data logger and available as a pdf or csv file which can be emailed daily, weekly or monthly.

Stansted Laboratories has opted for a daily report. Furthermore, authorised personnel can access data logger information at any time and from any location with an internet-enabled smartphone, tablet or PC, for maximum convenience.

 

Why is an automated system such an advantage?

For Stansted Laboratories, a key benefit of the Saveris 2 system is the automation.  Anu Tavarasa, Laboratory Manager explains: “we were doing the readings manually, which took us half hour in the morning and another half hour in the afternoon.  We wanted to automate this to save time.  We tried several data loggers but they didn’t work for us as they were taking a long time to download.  The Testo system is exceptionally fast.  Not only has it freed up an hour every day for us to do analysis, but it’s very user friendly.  I like the way we can look at the data online whenever we want; we do this regularly – three times a day at least.  The alerts are also very useful, which come direct to the lab.”

 

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Saveris 2 provides free email alerts, plus up to 25 free SMS alerts a year (per logger), with alert parameters configured by the customer to meet their specific requirements

 

Whilst the accuracy of the system is clearly a huge strength, for Stansted Laboratories the ease of use and flexibility of Saveris 2 has also been a winning combination.  The entire system is automated, needs no maintenance except for yearly recalibration (as standard with all test and measurement equipment), staff do not require training, and is both easily expandable and simple to install; so much so that when Stansted Laboratories recently expanded into adjacent premises, staff simply picked up the data loggers and moved them with the equipment without any need for Testo’s assistance.

 

Want to find out more about Testo’s temperature monitoring solutions?

If you have a potential requirement you would like to discuss you can call us on 01420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, for more information please visit our website www.testo.co.uk

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