December 2016


Seasons Greetings From A&C

Seasons Greetings From A&C

Because the foundation of our success is the goodwill of those we serve, it’s a real pleasure at this Holiday season to say “thank you” as we wish you a full year of happiness and success.

2016 has been an exciting year of domestic and international growth for A&C and we look forward to serving you, our valued customers, in 2017.

A&C head office will close at 5:00pm on Friday the 23rd of December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday the 3rd of January 2017 at 8:00am

Have a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year from the A&C team.

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Visit us at the inaugural CPhI North America

Visit us at the inaugural CPhI North America

A&C is delighted to announce that it will be exhibiting at the first ever CPHI North America. This inaugural event will take place on May 16-18, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

A&C’s US Business Development Manager, Rob Tyler, stated “Our business has grown significantly in the U.S. and Europe over the last five years and we are projecting this growth to continue”. We feel CPHI North America will be a great place to meet many of our existing customers and introduce our capabilities, products and services to new customers.

To arrange a meeting for CPhI North America, please contact us here: A&C

Please visit us at Booth 2140

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New Account Manager For Canadian Market

Pharmacopedial vs Pharma Grade

A&C Canada is very pleased to welcome Estefania Bertaina to the A&C family. Estefania joins us as our Account Manager for the Canadian market. Estefania brings a wealth of sales and marketing experience within related industries, including pharmaceuticals.

Estefania will help develop new accounts and provide additional support for our existing clients by offering custom solutions for our clients’ specific products and quality objectives. She will showcase all our products which include custom excipients, process solutions, buffers and API’s suitable for pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, laboratory and research applications.

Estefania will be located in Montreal, Québec and can be reached directly at 514-928-8891 or ebertaina@acggp.com.

Please join us in welcoming Estefania to A&C!

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November 2016


Pharmacopedial vs Pharma Grade

Pharmacopeial Grade Excipients vs A&C’s Pharma Grade Excipients

In general, A&C will produce products meeting the appropriate compendia and wherever possible a Multi-Compendial material will be made available.  This could include USP-NF, EP, JP, or JPE.  The expectations and requirements of these compendia require that the materials are manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).  Testing non-GMP material to the compendia’s specification does not make it a Pharmacopeial Grade material.  GMPs must be followed and evaluated to truly manufacture a Pharmacopeial Grade material.

So what happens if the Pharmacopeia doesn’t have a monograph? The Pharmacopeias recognize they do not have a monograph for every Excipient used in formulations.  They are working on strategies to include more materials, but these are time-consuming endeavors.  FDA expects that materials chosen for use are in the Inactive Ingredient Database (IID).  Therefore, there are situations requiring the use of materials that there is no Pharmacopeial Monograph available.  In this case A&C will work to establish an A&C Pharma Grade material.

A&C Pharma Grade is available to assist customers in compliance with regulatory compliance.  The time-frame to develop these products is 6-18 months depending on the complexity and availability of validated methodology.  A&C Pharma Grade materials will provide you the control needed because all of A&C’s Pharma Grade materials are manufactured under GMPs in Montreal, Quebec.    Examples of these type of products include, Levulinic Acid, Toluene, Cyclohexanse, 5 N HCL.

Please contact A&C if you have a product that will require A&C’s assistance.


Delighted to announce new Job creation in Canada and Ireland

Delighted to announce new Job creation in Canada and Ireland

2016 has been a very exciting year for A&C, with the beginning of construction of its second manufacturing site in Montreal and continued global expansion with offices in USA, Asia and Europe.

A&C are delighted to announce that a number of new positions have been filled in Canada in the last two months. These positions are across departments including Sales, Quality and Production and have been created due to increase in business.

A&C will also be looking for a number of employees in early 2017 across various sectors in Montreal in conjunction with the opening of our new GMP manufacturing facility.

In Europe, A&C will also be looking to fill a number of positions in 2017 including, GMP production, quality assurance and administration.

Please contact A&C if you wish to be part of our growing team


A&C participated in Biopharma Ambition Conference in Dublin Ireland

A&C certified by EXCiPACT and Health Canada- why?

If A&C is audited by Health Canada, then why did A&C choose to be further certified to EXCiPACT GMP and GDP standards?

A&C is a manufacturer of excipient’s, process solutions, buffers and API’s. A&C is audited by Health Canada to show compliance in our manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and distribution of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.  Health Canada had to limit its scope of their audit to API’s.    

A&C wanted third party quality standard recognition for manufacturing excipient, buffer and process solutions, to show our customer’s the commitment A&C have to maintaining the highest industry quality standard.  The EXCiPACT Certification Scheme is a credible, high quality, 3rd party international certification scheme for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of pharmaceutical excipients to show compliance to GMP and GDP best practice.

A&C were the first North American manufacturer to receive this accreditation in 2014.

We value the independence and transparency EXCiPACT Certification provides. In early September the auditors came to A&C for re-certification.  We are delighted to announce we have just received our certification again.

Upon request, customers can receive the audit report.


A&C certified by EXCiPACT and Health Canada- why?

A&C participated in Biopharma Ambition Conference in Dublin Ireland

A&C were delighted to be part of Ireland’s first Biopharmaceutical conference held in Dublin, Ireland on the 21st and 22nd of September 2016.

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association and BioPharmaChem Ireland, representing the research based and manufacturing biopharmaceutical industries respectively, came together with the National Institute for BioProcessing Research and Training to host BioPharma Ambition®, a multi-platform event to inspire and showcase innovation in the sector for Ireland globally.

With international policy leaders, renowned researchers and senior industry personnel, the event highlighted the ambition of the industry for the health and well-being of populations. It also highlighted where the research is pointing and how Ireland will support innovation in discovery, development, manufacturing and healthcare solutions.

Marketing Director for A&C Gearoid O’Rourke stated “it was great to participate in such a prestigious conference. There is huge growth in the biopharmaceutical sector with continued projected growth in Ireland and globally. We are delighted to meet our biopharmaceutical customers at this event and learn of the future developments in biopharmaceutical drug delivery. A&C manufacturer various process solutions and large scale buffers for upstream and downstream processes for the biopharmaceutical sector so it is vital we are up to speed with future trends”


October 2016


A&C is proud to be celebrating 50 years of servicing the Life Science industry. We would like to express our gratitude to you for your loyalty over the years and your continued confidence in our business.

In addition, we are pleased to share with you our updated branding which we feel reflects the evolution of today’s A&C. We will now be known as “A&C Your Global GMP Partner” with a fresh new logo and website to complement these changes.

Our fresh new logo is our way of updating our image to capture our history and to better reflect our future.   Our tag line “Your Global GMP Partner” outlines our commitment to quality, transparency, flexibility and a strong consultative partnership. 

Customers can be assured that we fully understand change control and even a simple logo change can have an impact.  As such, any items impacted by our new logo will be addressed as per cGMP requirements with the proper change control notification and a targeted implementation date of 18 to 24 months. More information on this element will follow. 

Customer Care

While our logo may be different, what will not change is the standard of customer care and product quality which you have come to associate with us. We have developed an attention to detail and a strong sense of our customer’s needs in our 50 year history. A&C will remain leaders in customer service, quality, supply chain transparency and product documentation.  As such, our customers can continue to expect the highest standards of excellence and trust in our brand.


A&C, Your Global GMP Partner ANNOUNCES EXPANSION with new Canadian GMP manufacturing and storage facility:

– Montreal, August September 8th, 2016 –

A&C is pleased to announce today it has begun construction on a new manufacturing and storage facility in Baie D’Urfé, Quebec.  The new site will increase the capacity of our high purity pharmaceutical excipients, buffers, process liquids and API’s to support our continued growth in Canada, USA and Europe.

The new facility will include a new state of the art buffer, process liquid and powder processing suites including warehousing that will meet and exceed cGMP Health Canada and FDA requirements for both Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API’s) and excipients used in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

The facility will be completed and commissioned during the fourth quarter of this year and will add significantly to our capacity. We see this as a major commitment to our business to ensure a reliable supply to our valued partners in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. This investment will give A&C capacity and redundancy to serve our growing global customer base that is now serviced through key strategic locations in Canada, USA, and Europe.

Our customers can be assured that any products that will be affected will be addressed as per the cGMP requirements with the proper change control notification. It is A&C’s intention to qualify the new facility as a secondary manufacturing location prior to any change. This will ensure and further support A&C’s business continuity plan and help us service our customers for years to come.

A&C welcomes any audit requests which are now being scheduled for January 2017.

In line with our core values, this process will be conducted with complete transparency to ensure our customers are part of the process.

We look forward to providing further updates in the coming months.


New Website

We at A&C are delighted to announce our new corporate website www.acggp.com  in conjunction with our new logo. The primary objectives of our site development effort were focused on aesthetics, simplifying our content, and increasing the visibility of our products and services for the Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical markets. Along with enhanced navigation and usability, the new website will ensure each visitor will be up to date with the latest news and announcements from A&C through the company newsletter and social media tools.

Our website is designed with specialized functionality to allow our customers access to our full database of products through CAS number or product name. The website will highlight products by product category allowing our customers to download relevant documentation in real-time. Our customer service team are always on hand if you cannot find the product you are looking for as detailed on the new website are many of A&Cs unique services such as custom bespoke products and custom packaging.

Please visit us at www.acggp.com


50 Years Servicing the Life Science Industry

50 Years Servicing the Life Science Industry

A&C Your Global GMP Partner is pleased to announce that 2016 marks the 50th year of continuous operation of the business. Incorporated in March 1966 as a laboratory chemical manufacturer it has grown from its modest beginnings to a Global GMP excipient, buffer, and API manufacturer that services the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.

When founded, A&C found that the lack of control and purity in many of the chemicals on the market created challenges for chemists and pharmacists. This was to be the catalyst for the company’s growth and success to this day where our brand continues to stand for Quality, transparency and flexibility.

To celebrate this monumental milestone A&C had a celebration in Montreal for all its staff and families. All oversees staff flew in for the great celebration with music, food, comedy and dancing for all. Service recognition awards were given out to a large number of staff for ten, twenty and thirty five years’ service highlighting the commitment and longevity of our staff. Our staff forms an integral part of our unique consultative selling function and we would like to thank them for their great work and service to A&C

We would like to thank our many customers worldwide for their support and business over the last fifty years and look forward to working with them in the future.