With a new state-of-the-art project management program, Vetter will help pharmaceutical and biotech companies to better control the quality and costs of their pre-filled injectable product manufacturing processes. As a specialist in the aseptic filling of syringes, cartridges and vials, Vetter has launched an extensive quality assurance program for its project managers, which should ultimately lead to their certification by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

Vetter expects the program to further boost its efficiency. In today’s competitive international markets, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies receive a boost from smooth processes and short throughput times, which help get products to market more quickly.

“Before commercial manufacturing ever begins, we spend years working together with the customer on packaging and production processes,” said Jochen Alberstetter, vice president of project management for Vetter. First, the basic tools of project management were introduced in the entire company. “By undergoing an IPMA audit, we can now help our clients benefit from the highest-quality project management available.”

The IPMA has set up a rigorous process to test project managers and ensure they are prepared for the tasks that lie ahead. Each participant in the certification program must have at least three years of experience in project management, plus two years of practical work leading a project.

The candidate is assessed on a wide variety of criteria, including the ability to plan, control, communicate and solve problems. Certification then is awarded to those who demonstrate deep organizational knowledge, as well as leadership qualities.

IPMA is a world-leading project management organization that currently represents 45 national project management associations and over 55,000 members on the international level. The IPMA has a strong presence in Europe as well as North and South America, Asia and Africa. Because of the proximity to Austria, the IPMA certification was carried out by Project Management Austria (PMA).