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From our collaborative work with other organizations…to our participation in webcasts and other educational forums…to our editorial contributions to trade publications and journals, SPMC and its member companies are actively engaged in the promotion of best practices within the flexible sterilization packaging community.
August 28, 2023
SPMC Committees Run by Committed Leaders
The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC®) has three committees run by industry leaders dedicated to informing members of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) about issues relevant to the industry. Here is a closer look at the committee chairs.
August 28, 2023
Striving for Safety - SPMC Continues Oversight of Packaging Excellence
Sterile packaging rarely penetrates the public’s consciousness, creating an awareness gap that the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC®) has been striving to close since 1994 and continues with ongoing guidance on issues affecting the industry.
August 28, 2023
SPMC Gears Up for Sterile Packaging Day 2024
The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) is eagerly preparing for Sterile Packaging Day 2024, which will be celebrated at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West (MD&M West) conference on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
June 19, 2023
SPMC Holds Sterile Packaging Day for 2023
The industry celebrated Sterile Packaging Day for the third consecutive year on Wednesday, February 8th, 2023. The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) founded the event to recognize the collaboration that exists throughout the sterile packaging supply chain in delivering safe and sterilized medical devices and supplies to healthcare professionals.
April 19, 2023
ASTM Award of Merit – Marie Tkacik is Recognized
Marie Tkacik, Director of Product Development and Optimization at Beacon Converters, has received the ASTM Merit Award, the highest award of one the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world.
April 3, 2023
SPMC White Papers Focus on Top Challenges in Sterilizable Flexible Packaging
In its 28-year history, the individuals who serve on SPMC’s Technical Committee have contributed thousands of hours to the development of industry guidance documents, standard test methods, FAQs, and most recently, white papers.
February 16, 2023
SPMC Committee Tracks Industry and Regulatory Issues
Thin gauge aluminum foil is used in the manufacture of many pharmaceutical and medical sterile packages. Over the past five years, US sterile packaging manufacturers have experienced a series of challenges in securing converter grade foil from abroad.
November 4, 2022
SPMC Gets the Word Out About Its Mission
Sterilization packaging is a complex segment of the flexible packaging industry that is highly regulated and requires specific technical expertise. Since its founding, the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) has been a trusted source of technical information and guidance for packaging professionals and engineers.
September 9, 2022
SPMC Forms Sustainability/Regulatory Committee
SPMC has formed a new Sustainability/Regulatory Committee, which will be working on ensuring that legislation around plastics, packaging, and packaging waste considers the unique requirements of medical device packaging.
August 1, 2022
Sterile Packaging Day Celebrated In Person, Online
On April 13, the epicenter of Sterile Packaging Day celebrations was located in Anaheim, California. With thousands in attendance or exhibiting at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West (MD&M) show at the Anaheim Convention Center, SPMC member company representatives relished the opportunity to convene with customers, suppliers and one another for the first time in several years.
June 1, 2022
'Better Together' Resonates Across Industry
What does ‘Better Together’ mean to you? This was the question the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC®) posed to industry thought leaders during the lead-up to Sterile Packaging Day. Across the supply chain, influencers were eager to share their ideas.
May 5, 2022
Beacon Unveils New Logo as They Celebrate Their 75th Anniversary
There are pivotal thresholds in the life of every company. Crossroads where you take a look at where you are and chart the course for future direction. Beacon committed to a future of growth in 2017 when they moved into a new facility that more than doubled their space.
April 7, 2022
Better Together This Sterile Packaging Day
In honor of Sterile Packaging Day (April 13), the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council will be hosting a blood drive through the Red Cross April 14 at MD&M West.
April 1, 2022
Industry Engagement Gains Momentum
Historically, SPMC’s member companies have voluntarily lent their technical expertise to the development of test methods and guidance documents. This work continues to advance through the development of industry white papers, active participation on national and global regulatory organizations, and an arsenal of 100 FAQs designed to help packaging professionals and engineers solve material challenges.
March 15, 2022
Sterile Packaging Day Celebrates Industry’s Collaborative Spirit
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, SPMC honors its supply chain partners on April 13. Despite the challenges of the last two-plus years, the sterile packaging community remains steadfast in its commitment to protect and serve patients and their caregivers.
March 1, 2022
Sterile Packaging Day 2022 To Be Celebrated on April 13
On the heels of last year's widely-successful inaugural Sterile Packaging Day event, the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) invites the industry to celebrateSterile Packaging Day 2022on Wednesday, April 13.
January 7, 2022
Experts Discuss New 'Normal'
In this second installment of a two-part series, we continue our conversation with representatives from SPMC’s member companies regarding the pandemic’s impact on their client collaborations and interactions.
November 6, 2021
Experts Reflect On Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and altered countless industries across the United States. Many are still regaining their footing as they continue to adapt.
October 29, 2021
Navigate Evolving Medical Device Packaging & Sterilization Regulations
Regulations surrounding medical device packaging and sterilization constantly evolve, and making matters more challenging, they vary according to the type of sterilization process the device undergoes.
September 6, 2021
SPMC: A Deep History in Protecting the Public
FPA’s Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) convenes on a regular basis with like-minded companies to develop consensus documents that benefit the entire industry. It’s an effective framework that has not wavered in nearly 30 years.
July 6, 2021
SPMC Celebrates Inaugural Sterile Packaging Day
FPA’s Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) celebrated its first Sterile Packaging Day on March 10. The online event garnered support from all corners of the supply chain, culminating in dozens of posts, stories and videos on social media throughout the day.
May 26, 2021
Virtual Engineering Days Supported by Key Industry Associations
The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council, the Society of Plastics Engineers, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, and the Plastics Industry Association are partnering with the online event.
April 5, 2021
Sterile Medical Packaging Earns Praise
On March 10, 2021, dozens and dozens of posts on social media lauded the critical job of sterile medical packaging in helping to keep patients safe. Here are some touching memories.
March 8, 2021
Packaging Compliance Labs, LLC Celebrates Sterile Packaging Day with Video and Donation
This year, Packaging Compliance Labs, LLC is supporting SPMC's Sterile Packaging Day by celebrating sterile packaging and the medical device packaging industry. PCL has created a video asking members of their leadership team what sterile packaging means to them.
March 2, 2021
Celebrate Sterile Packaging Day and All that Sterile Packaging Affords
Members of the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council share how patient safety prompted the idea for Sterile Packaging Day—as well as the council’s overall mission.
February 23, 2021
Celebrating the 1st Annual Sterile Packaging Day and the Importance of Healthcare Packaging
March 10, 2021 marks the first annual Sterile Packaging Day! To celebrate the day, Janani Bhaskar (Marketing Manager, Tyvek® Medical & Pharmaceutical Packaging) interviewed Brian Rosenberg (President, Technipaq) and Jay Virgil (VP of Sales & Marketing, Technipaq).
February 17, 2021
SPMC's Sterile Packaging Day Featured on SPOT Radio
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Don Alip about "Sterile Packaging Day," sponsored and brought to you by the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council. Listen and learn about this exciting day of awareness that takes place on March 10th, 2021.
February 2, 2021
Inaugural Sterile Packaging Day Educates and Celebrates
The global pandemic brought well-deserved recognition to the incredible job America’s frontline healthcare heroes do, day in and day out. But people aren’t the only things making a positive impact. Sterile packaging is essential in protecting the nation’s patients, medical providers, and first responders — before, during, and well beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
January 20, 2021
Beacon Converters is Awarded ISO 13485:2016 Certification
Beacon Converters is proud to announce that it achieved ISO 13485:2016 certification on December 2, 2020.
November 10, 2020
3 Benefits of Flexible Packaging for Shipping Medical Supplies
Flexible packaging helps manufacturers strike a critical balance between durability and ease of use, whether shipping for COVID-19 or standard healthcare supply chains.
May 4, 2020
Sterile Packaging Industry Essential to Patient Safety
As the nation’s hospitals, medical providers, and first responders continue treating patients for COVID-19, the sterile flexible packaging industry is providing a critical component in the production of primary packaging in a sterile barrier system that helps to ensure the safety of life-saving medical devices.
September 6, 2019
New FAQ explores ISO 11607 and Test Method Validation
SPMC's Technical Committee addresses test method validation questions regarding ISO 11607. Click here for the full FAQ.
September 2, 2019
New Webinar on September 11: SPMC Learning Tools: A guide to gels and sterile barrier integrity measures
Packaging and quality engineers at medical device manufacturers will want to attend this informative hour-long webinar scheduled for 2:00 pm EST.
June 27, 2017
FPA Testifies Against the Section 232 Investigation on the Effect of Aluminum Imports on U.S. National Security
Aluminum foil imports necessary for the packaging industry, and without application for national defense, should be excluded from consideration