Impact factors for 2008 spending
As in 2007, compliance with good manufacturing practices will most influence purchasing decisions in 2008; 58% report this
as a high-impact factor for planned spending for 2008. About 37.9% of respondents ranked expansion of manufacturing facilities
as a high-impact factor. Nearly 30% ranked adding enhancements, upgrades, and/or technology as a high-impact factor.
As in 2007, QbD and the PAT initiatives are not strong influences on planned spending for 2008. Roughly half (49.4%) of respondents
said QbD had either no impact or little impact on their planned purchases for 2008. Even more respondents (58.1%) say that
PAT will have little or no impact.
For 2008, there was virtually no change in regional spending habits. Seventy-four percent of respondents plan to spend in
the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada, and 14% in Western Europe. In 2007, 75% spent in the US and Canada,
and 16% in Western Europe.