How Automation Helps Manage Technical Writing & Symbols in Pharma

Date: August 31, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Kayla Caticchio

Technical writing refers to any type of communication written for businesses or industries that focuses on services and products. It plays an important role in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs. In the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry, any type of packaging error can lead to negative consequences for a company. Complete recalls could be needed, affecting the brand’s reputation and potentially resulting in lawsuits or damage to a patient’s health.

Aside from text, symbols play an important role in harmonizing pharmaceutical labels across global markets. They help save valuable space while sharing important information and guidelines in addition to saving on translation costs. In order to minimize misinterpretation across markets, symbols have standards in different regions of the world. From manufacturer symbols to safety and storage symbols, companies must ensure that these icons are entirely accurate in order to meet regulatory requirements.

Protecting critical content with automation

The pharmaceutical industry requires all labels and packaging components to make it to market error-free. For big pharmaceutical companies that sell their products in various regions, adapting technical writing and regulatory symbols to meet foreign requirements can create room for errors to be introduced. Fortunately, modern technology has made it possible for businesses to ensure 100% accuracy before releasing products. Such tools, like GlobalVision’s automated quality control platform, help safeguard labels and packaging from critical errors.

The automatic inspection of text and artwork components on this type of packaging has several advantages when it comes to protecting technical writing and symbols. Firstly, they have the ability to detect any type of text deviation on common words, medical words, and foreign languages. Detecting such errors by only relying on the human eye can be long, cumbersome, and ineffective, especially when factoring in elements like proofreader’s fatigue. Automated quality inspection software eliminates these inefficiencies while also improving the accuracy of critical content. GlobalVision’s Text Inspection, for example, includes a built-in medical dictionary that includes thousands of commonly used terms in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry.

Along with ensuring that their technical writing remains accurate, pharmaceutical companies can verify that ingredient lists, components, dosages, and other important information are accurately transcribed, translated, and spelled correctly. With GlobalVision’s Text Inspection, companies can also add their own pharmaceutical dictionary that is completely customized to their brand. This allows them to build libraries that include terms unique to their organizations, helping to prevent the misspelling of medical and brand terms like product names.

Automated artwork inspection for pharmaceutical symbols

When it comes to pharmaceutical symbols, companies must take great care to ensure that they are correctly formatted onto labels. These symbols exist to protect the consumer while also adhering to regulatory requirements. And as anyone in the industry knows, rules and regulations covering packaging quality control are very strict. In the past, companies would inspect some or all of their products manually. This proves to be ineffective, inefficient, and oftentimes risky.

With today’s technology, pharmaceutical companies can integrate an all-in-one quality inspection platform anywhere along the production process. GlobalVision’s Graphics Inspection allows brands to instantly inspect all parts of their artwork with ease. Parts of the artwork that can be inspected include logos, design, braille, color, barcodes, and more. This ensures that pharmaceutical symbols are accurately printed onto products before they make it to market.


Good quality content can achieve positive results for any pharmaceutical company. With the right technology, managing technical writing and pharmaceutical symbols can be done accurately and efficiently. GlobalVision helps companies in regulated industries automate their quality control so they can get products to market faster and with confidence. To learn more, click here.