Launched in 2013, The Irish Laboratory Awards is seen as the leading event in Ireland that benchmarks those who have shown excellence, best practice and innovation in Ireland’s laboratories. It’s therefore with great delight that the Quality Control (QC) Department in the Dublin Damastown plant won the Chemical Laboratory of the Year award. The award is open to any lab or research group who take part in both basic and applied Chemical research in a commercial lab and our entry consisted of a five-page entry document which covered areas such as; ‘What are the innovative or unique aspects of the technology?’ and ‘What is the societal significance of the work?’
The QC team provided numerous examples of the activities performed within their department over the course of 2017 and these included several achievements including;
- 1000 days without a lost time accident in the laboratory
- sample receipt area upgrades
- use of visual management boards
- LIMS expansion of functionality to enhance our paperless laboratory.
Katie Router, Mylan Damastown QC Manager said: “It was a great achievement and a huge honour to be shortlisted for the Irish Laboratory Awards and to be recognised by our peers in the Industry. As the QC Manager for the laboratory, my impression of the team and the culture has been positive from the very start and the work environment is very refreshing. I have never seen such a proactive team, open to new ideas, ready to get involved in improvement projects and always willing to help with additional requests. Every team faces challenges, but the difference is that these challenges are met with a resolute positive outlook and it’s the way in which we deal with these challenges, that sets the QC team apart from others.”
Damastown General Manager, Pat Garrahy added: “The Irish Laboratory Awards provide an opportunity to showcase best practice in laboratories from many different sectors within Ireland. We are immensely proud that the achievements of our QC team have been recognised in this year’s awards. Their commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to improvement reflects the culture of excellence nurtured over recent years. We were delighted to be finalists in two categories but to win Chemical Laboratory of the Year against such strong competition was a fantastic achievement for the team and for the site.”
Besides meeting department metrics, the expectation for all QC personnel is to be involved in improvement projects alongside routine testing. This is something that all in the team works towards and our Shingo Silver award accreditation, of which we are one of a handful of pharmaceutical companies in Ireland to receive, has meant that tours of the laboratory have become the norm. This is something that helps others learn from us and opens the lines of communications between companies regarded as best in class.