How Good Distribution Practices (GDP) Protect your Medicinal Products

02 Sep, 2016 by  Robert Tungatt

Download our eBook, Good Distribution Practices (GDP) and Its Impact on Your Global Supply Chain to learn how to ensure end-to-end medicinal product safety.

GDP guidelines are designed specifically to regulate the distribution of medicinal products from the manufacturer to the end user -- the patient. The fact that drug distribution reaches to every corner of the world today means there are more stakeholders involved in the process.

As a result, transportation requires an ever-increasing degree of control and oversight to ensure the medicinal product is not altered in any way. Products must be maintained within "label claim temperatures" as it moves across often complex temperature controlled supply chain networks.


How does GDP protect your medicinal products? 

Over the last decade, there has been a growing focus on GDP for cold chain logistics with various countries having either established new GDPs or updated existing guidelines. There are over 35 GDPs globally, each focusing on:

  • regulating the distribution of healthcare products from the manufacturer 
    to the end user (patient) 
  • ensuring that products are consistently: 
    - stored 
    - transported 
    - and handled under suitable conditions as required by the marketing 
    authorization or product specifications during all aspects of 
    the distribution process


How you can ensure product safety throughout the supply chain

Each organization should look at the knowledge base of their logistics partner as it relates specifically to keeping your product safe throughout the entire supply chain – from pick up through to delivery. Below is an example of some of the key questions to ask:

  • Does your logistics partner understand the shipping requirements? 
  • Is the driver GDP trained? 
  • What controls are set in place to monitor your shipment? 
  • Does your logistics partner have strong relationships with all air carriers with which they work? 
  • Is GPS tracking available even while the shipment is in possession of the airline? 
  • Are routes mapped out and risk assessed?
  • Are the airports used fully audited and approved according to the IATA TCR program?


For a comprehensive list of questions that will ensure your logistics provider follows GDP guidelines, download our eBook Good Distribution Practices (GDP) and Its Impact on Your Global Supply Chain.

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About Robert Tungatt
Global Director of Regulatory Compliance and Cold Chain Excellence

Having spent almost 30 years in the industry, Robert brings a wealth of experience in the specialist logistics and transportation arena, with his primary focus in the Life Science industries. He is involved in many industry... Read more.

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