Patrick Pichler


Patrick is heading the Department Quality in Distribution, Artwork and Product Security @Merck since 2014. In this role he is deeply involved in all topics around distribution, warehousing, GDPs, validation and qualifications, risk assessment, etc. With his team he controls the worldwide shipments leaving all Merck manufacturing sites or CMOs.

Before joining Merck Patrick was working as GMP and GDP inspector for the Austrian national Health Authority. Being responsible for international inspections he gained a lot of insights into the pharmaceutical world and quality practices of various pharma companies. As a member of the GDP drafting group at the European Health Authority EMA he was deeply involved in the generation and implementation of the EU GDP guideline.

Patrick has also a broad knowledge in QC testing and product release as he worked in different QC labs for 11 years. He is a biotechnologist by training with a Master’s Degree of the University of Applied Science in Krems, Austria.