The European medicines supply chain starts with the manufacturing process and continues through the distribution system, all the way to the consumer: the patient. The pathway is multi-layered and involves all levels of the supply chain. It is important to understand all areas of your business’s responsibility.
The entire pharmaceutical sector – from manufacturers to pharmacies, including every organisation in the supply chain – will have to comply with the requirements established in the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) legislation. These requirements include the mandatory verification of each pack in pharmacies and hospitals and a range of obligations on the participants in the pharmaceutical supply chain, including full-line wholesalers who process tens of thousands of medicines packs in their distribution centres in every country in Europe every day.
GIRP – the European HDA (Healthcare Distribution Association), representing full-line wholesalers and other parties including Pre-Wholesalers/3PLs – has taken the lead among the European medicines supply chain stakeholders to recognise the needs of their membership for information and guidance. They have met these needs by publishing a concise and constructive guide to what the EU-FMD means throughout the pharma supply chain and outlining the critical requirements to these stakeholders.
We are proud that GIRP has chosen Excellis Europe as the expert consulting partner to produce this guide. The guide provides much-needed background information for the reader to understand the basis of these industry altering regulations, as well as a detailed explanation on how this affects all businesses and suppliers in the pharma supply chain.
Excellis Europe are the world’s leading pharma serialisation experts, and unique in having worked with both the leading stakeholders in the Europe and the US to define the documents used widely, the US (HDA Barcoding Guideline) and the EU HDA (Guideline to EU-FMD). The unrivalled understanding that Excellis have allows us to deliver innovative solutions in master data management, data visualisation and customer relationship management amongst others. The GIRP guide shares this expertise by guiding you through the challenges of implementing EU-FMD readiness and advising on the increasing pressure to improve patient safety, reduce healthcare costs and the other demands on the pharma supply chain.
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