Sustainability is an integral part of Galenica corporate management
The Galenica Group has formalised its commitment in the area of social responsibility with the creation of its Sustainability Committee. This assumes an advisory and coordinating role. It is comprised of representatives of the Service Units and Executive Committee.
Comprehensive quality management
All Galenica Group companies have comprehensive quality management systems (QMS). Alloga, Medifilm, Mediservice, UFD and all HCI Solutions locations are certified according to ISO 9001. Verfora, Bichsel and HCI Solutions are certified according to ISO 13485 (design and production of medical products). In addition, the Bichsel Group’s QMS is structured in accordance with the European Medicines Agency’s ICH Q10 standard. The production of sterile, aseptically filled and biological medications places the highest possible demands on the implementation and maintenance of a QMS. Reflecting the critical relevance of its products, Bichsel undergoes an intensive broad-based audit every two years to ensure conformity to ISO 13485 and the statutory requirements set out in GMP and GDP.
The process management systems at Galexis and the former Retail Business sector companies also meet the ISO 9001 requirements but are currently not certified. Alloga, Galexis, G-Pharma, Mediservice and Verfora are periodically inspected by the Regional Medicines Inspectorates as part of Good Distribution Practice (GDP) audits.
In the Retail Business sector, the Amavita, Sun Store and Coop Vitality pharmacies have established a QMS covering all essential processes in retail pharmacies as well as environmental issues. Compliance with internal and external standards is monitored with regular quality audits, inspections by cantonal pharmacists and mystery shopper programmes. The QMS of the Mediservice specialty pharmacy fulfils stringent requirements due to its wide range of activities.
Galenica Group's Code of Conduct
The Galenica Group’s Code of Conduct defines the ethical rules and standards that must be followed by all employees on top of the legal requirements. Managers are responsible for addressing and responding to specific conflict situations in day-to-day business.
The Retail Business sector has adopted a separate Code of Conduct of its own. As a binding internal operating procedure, it aims to ensure that pharmacists have full pharmaceutical independence at all times and thus always give priority to the health and wishes of the patient. The Code also defines the standards by which employees must act towards third parties as well as the advertising activities that are permitted.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Galenica seeks to ensure that not only the Group and its companies but also its business partners comply with international and national laws and standards, industry-specific standards and good practices. The Supplier Code of Conduct applies to suppliers, service providers and advisors of the Galenica Group. It covers aspects relating to ethical behaviour and labour law as well as health, safety, quality and the environment. Employees in the Purchasing departments undergo training that familiarises them with the content of the Code. In addition, the Legal Department is always involved in important Group-wide contracts. It also regularly reviews the Galenica Group’s contract templates to identify any compliance risks.