ABN Cleanroom Technology builds largest temporary hospital pharmacy in Belgium

From 2026 onwards, every hospital pharmacy in Belgium must comply with the strict PIC/S standard for pharmaceutical preparations. In collaboration with De Meeuw, ABN Cleanroom Technology is currently constructing the largest temporary hospital pharmacy ever delivered in Belgium (Hospix). This mobile pharmacy enables UZ Gent to prepare their cytostatic and sterile preparations of medicines in cleanrooms in accordance with the strict GMP-guidelines from the PIC/s directive. In concrete terms, these updated PIC/s guidelines indicate that from 01 January 2026, stricter requirements will be imposed on the way in which medicines are prepared in hospitals. UZ Gent however is not waiting until that deadline. They prefer to comply with the uniform quality standard as soon as possible since it ensures progress for patient safety. The hospital will put their new pharmacy into operation in 2023.

Compliancy for production and storage

To accommodate this temporary cleanroom, ABN and De Meeuw are constructing a modular building with various facilities: a cleanroom for sterile and non-sterile preparations of medicines for use in care and clinical studies, a cleanroom for the production of non-sterile medicines for clinical trials that require a GMP permit and a room for storing and labelling study medication. These facilities will be delivered according to Good Preperation Practices (GPP). These so-called Good Preperation Practices often result in additional cleanroom quality control systems and validations for the cleanroom areas where preparations take place.

With a surface of no less than 650m², this cleanroom is at once the largest temporary hospital pharmacy in Belgium. “With De Meeuw as a partner in this project, we have found our equivalent,” says Jo Nelissen, founder and CEO of ABN Cleanroom Technology. “Just like us, they apply a modular approach too. This not only allows us to build faster, more reliable and cheaper, but also boosts our design-for-circularity approach. Our modular approach perpetuates a fully circular construction process, where after end-of-life, all cleanroom components can be fully recovered.”

Through changing business models, such as our Cleanroom-as-a-Service solution, we offer hospitals the opportunity to respond more quickly to these changing regulations. In the short term, we will deliver a temporary mobile cleanroom that the customer can use for as long as necessary. ABN’s patented modular pre-engineered cleanroom systems allow for completely risk-free Pharma4.0 medicine production. Additionally, Hospix is equipped with a CleanConnect IIoT system in order to gain insights in the environmental parameters of the PAL, MAL, the corridor, the cytostatics area and the sterile preparations area.

1. Off-site production, on-site assembling

Legolisation means standardisation. Standardisation causes a shift in production. Work is carried out in conditioned spaces such as factory halls. our cleanrooms are manufactured partly or entirely off-site, which means huge savings on transport costs and reduction of inconvenience on-site