How is printing different for life science companies?


Like any other company, those that operate in the science industries – life science, medical technology, pharmaceuticals – have printing needs. Unlike many other industries, though, the print needs of science companies can be very precise. Why?

Science companies demand perfect printing. You might say “that’s silly, all companies want that” – and that would be accurate. But science companies are required by strict regulations to print perfectly. When a company in the industry prints something, it must be approved by the FDA before it can be publicly released. That means that after a design is completed, a proof is sent to the FDA for approval.

Since the proof is not the final product, it’s possible – through printer error, through an error by the client – for there to be a change between the approval of the piece and its final printing. Any such error, though, is in violation of FDA regulation. Any company that releases an unapproved piece of printed material is subject to massive fines from the FDA, as well as other penalties.

So for companies in the life science and pharmaceutical fields, printing perfection is not just something they want. It’s absolutely critical to their survival.

Because of that, we take accuracy very seriously, particularly when working with companies dealing with regulated printing. Miles Printing employs a zero-defect printing process that guarantees the final product will be absolutely identical to the proof, meaning the life science company working as Miles' client can rest assured that they will not be in danger of FDA fines.

We invest in sophisticated technology to ensure quality assurance for all our clients’ printing needs. Through that technology and our years of printing expertise, Miles is able to offer perfection while eliminating non-compliance and FDA reportable events. And through collaboration with our current health and life sciences clients, we have created a formalized set of procedures that make up the Zero Defects Program.

These processes include:

  • Pre-press validation: The client signs off on all proofs before anything is printed.
  • Bindery folder camera verification system: This is designed to detect flaws like improper orientation, sheet backup, and accidental blank pages.
  • Inserter watch mail: This matches personalized letters with envelopes in direct mail campaigns, detecting mismatches, doubles, and missing information.
  • Inkjet verification: A program that verifies that no part of a project has been left out mistakenly.
  • Saddle stitch signature recognition: This checks to make sure no page is duplicated, missing, or out of order before stapling.

With zero-defect printing, health and life science companies can rest assured that they are safe from FDA watchdogs.

Image source: Bill Branson