We pack medicines
for our loved ones…
and yours

Not a day goes by without us realizing that someone close to you, or us, might be prescribed a medicine that has been packed by Tjoapack. This is why we continuously carry out research to establish the safest, most effective, and efficient way to package your medicines.

We work with you to identify the very best possible packaging solution

The outcome is not always the solution that you initially had in mind, but it might be that the packaging design we come up with serves your product even better. Even the best packaging solution has to meet certain requirements. Examples include logistics or country-specific requirements, budget limitations, or legal requirements. As a specialist in this field, Tjoapack will guide you in every step of the process.

Packaging: a critical success factor in your supply chain

A well-designed packaging process can have a positive effect on the KPIs for your supply chain. Examples of this include limiting stock levels and working capital, improving the reliability of delivery, and limiting obsolete stock. Tjoapack is happy to advise you on any of the above.

Tjoapack employs over 140 people, half of whom work in production. We also employ three QPs. Our flat organizational structure ensures that the lines of communication are short. Tjoapack is based in Etten-Leur in the Netherlands, and has, amongst others, seven blister lines, four Unit Dose machines, two bottle-filling lines, one wallet line, and one ampoule-labelling line. We also have a number of booths reserved for manual packaging activities, as well as our own print shop where we print labels and carry out blister printing.

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A history
of innovation

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  • the first company in Europe to put barcodes on unit doses

    Until 1989, labels were not printed with an inline barcode anywhere in Europe. Tjoapack introduced this improvement as soon as it started doing business, making the Netherlands the first country in Europe to offer bedside scanning. Today, it is clear that the barcode marks the first step towards the robotised distribution of medicines, a development that we are now working on throughout the chain, on a European level.

  • introduction of the polypropylene recyclable blister in the Netherlands

    Blister strips are usually made from PVC variants combined with aluminium. Tjoapack felt that at least one environmentally-friendly alternative ought to be available to the pharmaceutical market. In collaboration with British Petroleum, we developed a PP film that paved the way for the production of a blister strip from just one type of material. The high-barrier material that we developed protects the medicine from external influences, and is also biodegradable.

  • patent for inline barcode printing on the aluminium foil used for blisters

    Until 1996, it was not possible to print readable barcodes onto aluminium foil. At the time, Tjoapack was still printing paper back-labels for the hospital market. But in 1996 we found an affordable solution that made it possible to print a readable barcode straight onto aluminium foil - inline. This solution involved a combination of the right printer, the right print head, the right thermo transfer film, the right coating on the aluminium foil, and the right interface between printer and machine. The fact that we were awarded a patent for this in 1997 says a lot about just how innovative Tjoapack is.

  • online printing of 2D data matrix codes on blisters

    Until 1999, the one-dimensional barcode was the standard, and it is still being used on many consumer products today. Because only a limited number of characters can be used in this coding, we were unable to include as much information as we would have liked. The code itself also took up too much space. With all of the above in mind, we decided to introduce a barcode that took up less space, but actually included more information: the so-called data matrix code. We were clearly well ahead of our time with this code. Only in the last several years has it become possible to achieve a broader application for this type of coding. We are proud to say that we have contributed to this development.

  • participation in the EU track & trace research project, involving the use of data matrix codes and RFID tags on packaging throughout Europe

    Can each piece of patient packaging be given a unique barcode? This was the question to be answered by the Bridge project, which was partially funded by the European Union. This research into the possibility of introducing serialised coding on individual packaging had two objectives: to prevent fake products, and to promote the traceability of medicines en route to patients. Working in collaboration with various partners, Tjoapack developed a process that resulted in a proof of concept. We found that it is possible to individually mass-serialise a patient packaging, and to aggregate this information in packaging on an ever-larger scale: from small box to bundle, from bundle to transport packaging, from transport packaging to pallet, and from pallet to the consignment as a whole. At the pallet level, the RFID tag is then linked to this information 'pedigree'. Participants in this successful pilot included Sandoz and Athlon Pharmaceuticals.

  • the first company in the world to introduce serial number coding from blister to pallet

    After completing the pilot in 2007, Tjoapack felt that the process was still missing one important step: the mass serialisation of each individual pocket on the blister. This step would mean that track & trace could be used right up to the tablet level, eliminating the risk of counterfeited blisters, and also making ‘standard’ patient packaging suitable for use as a Unit Dose in hospitals: an efficiency improvement in packaging at patient level.

Quality assurance

If a recall is your worst nightmare,
our dream is to make sure that you get
a good night's sleep

Here at Tjoapack, monitoring quality is part of our DNA

Not all administering errors can be blamed on packaging or labelling. Nonetheless, packaging on the basis of a good concept is often a solution. Here at Tjoapack, we are interested in quality assurance in the broadest sense of the term. That is why we ensure that everything we do is in compliance with a wide range of safety and hygiene regulations, focusing on processes and machines. Strict protocols are also observed beyond the production process. And this is vital: we are very aware that all of our processes have to contribute to the safety of patients.

Our quality systems have been certified in accordance with c-GMP, MOH Taiwan and FDA. We have an online quality system in place that ensures that we continue performing in accordance with the awarded certifications.
Download our GMP certificates and/or manufacturer's licence

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Mistakes are made in 5 – 10% percent of all cases of administering medicines. 0.3% of these mistakes result in the death of the patient. The right packaging can help to prevent these mistakes.

Source: Dr Pharm. Enea Martinelli during the third annual Pharma Packaging and Labelling Forum Global Conferences, Vienna 11-9-2014

Our commercial team

Our partners

One thing that we have in common with our partners is the emphasis we place on the individual behind the end products. Like us, they also consider the safety, importance, and ease-of-use of these products. We work with our partners in the areas where their expertise coincides with our own. This gives clients complete peace of mind in terms of the processes that take place before and after packaging.

Ecobliss

This partner specialises in the design and supply of special packaging that is to be produced in larger quantities. Examples include designs for kit packs, patient compliance packaging, and non-standard packaging.

www.ecobliss.com

The Sinensis group

Sinensis has a large variety of laboratories, which enables them to offer the widest range of testing options in Western Europe. In brief, Sinensis is able to test any substance. We work with Sinensis to carry out EU tests on bulk, stability studies, and to provide other laboratory services.

www.sinensislifesciences.com

Midas Pharma

Providing products and services across the full value chain of the pharmaceutical industry, Midas Pharma is a mid-sized pharmaceutical company that provides a wealth of expertise while connecting companies, people and knowledge. As a catalyst for collaboration, Midas has been helping it’s clients and partners unlock untapped potential for more than 25 years. The success of it’s clients and partners is Midas’ key benchmark. Worldwide present in all regulated markets with about 180 employees Midas has expertise in all non-clinical stages of the pharmaceutical value chain and is a full-service provider and leading company for sourcing, developing and supplying intermediates, APIs, FDFs, dossiers and primary packaging.

www.midas-pharma.com

Vacancies

Tjoapack is a serious and socially-minded company. Our products enable us to contribute to better patient care. Are you creative and flexible? Do you like to demonstrate initiative? Do you perform better when you are under pressure, but are still able to adopt a structured approach to your work? If so, please send us a cover letter and your curriculum vitae.

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