Operations Management COP Update October 2010 The Operations Management COP now has over 600 members, and the steering committee has organized itself into four task teams to address focus areas of interest to all of us. The task teams are grouped to focus on Supply Chain, Improvement Tools, Strategies and Performance Indicators. Activities this year have resulted in published ISPE materials available on the website: · April 2010 E-Letter: Improvement Tools for the early 21st Century in Pharmaceutical Operations – Operational Excellence · May June 2010 Pharmaceutical Engineering article: Successful Use of Simulation in a Lean Six Sigma Program · A series of four monthly articles on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is also now in progress; the first one will be published in the October E-Letter. We plan to continue to provide published materials and other information resources for ISPE Members. To do so we need additional volunteers for the major work planned in the next year, and fifteen members to date have indicated that they would like to participate. Highlights of upcoming activities include: · We have written the Foreword for a new book on Operations Management to be published shortly by the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. · We also have approval to develop a document plan for a new ISPE Operations Management Guide which we believe will be an important resource for best practices in our industry. · Our group is also planning to lead a one and a half day seminar on supply chain management at the European conference in April 2011 in Frankfurt. We will look forward to meeting COP members at the reception at the annual conference in November 2010 in Orlando. The community discussions on our website is a forum for all to post questions, suggest topics that might be of interest to the community, and keep all of us informed on news that might be going on within the industry as well as in other industries that might be applicable to improving our operations. Participation is encouraged.