"We made sure the solution was robust and fit for purpose, carried out continuous technical quality assurance and risk management, and co-ordinated implementation to minimise the impact on business as usual operations."
STEVEN CARDEN, PA ANTI-ILLICIT TRADE EXPERT
In 2005 the World Health Organisation’s first ever international health treaty, known as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) entered into force as international law and one of its articles addresses the need to fight illicit trade. Subsequently, more than 160 governments that ratified the FCTC treaty are developing a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (a supplementary international treaty). One of the policy provisions under negotiation calls for a more secure supply chain for tobacco manufacturers through a 'track and trace' methodology.
British American Tobacco, a multi-national tobacco manufacturer, is preparing for the introduction of this new regulatory requirement. PA was asked to support a project aimed at enhancing and implementing an improved capability to track and trace their products through the supply chain
When operating at full capacity, the system will track and trace more than 35 billion products per year from manufacture to first external customer. Working as part of the BAT project team within and across each technical workstream, PA successfully managed the integration of a complex set of physical components with existing live equipment, working processes and IT infrastructure across manufacturing and logistics environments.
We made sure the solution was robust and fit for purpose, carried out continuous technical quality assurance and risk management, and co-ordinated implementation to minimise the impact on business as usual operations.
It took just 18 months from concept to commissioning of the track and trace capability, it was delivered on time and under budget, and PA are now supporting BAT in their next anti-illicit trade development project.
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