HDA and PCSC Announce Launch of GDP Accreditation Program

April 04, 2024

Today, the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) announced the launch of its Good Distribution Practices (GDP) Accreditation Program through the association’s Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC) at the annual PCSC Educational Seminar held in Whippany, N.J. ASC Associates Ltd, a firm with extensive experience developing and implementing GDP training programs consistent with those in Europe, the only recognized standards globally, will help administer the program.

The GDP Accreditation Program is designed to provide partners in the pharmaceutical supply chain, primarily those offering vendor services, the ability to demonstrate familiarization and adherence to recognized GDP operational and training criteria. GDP is an important standard of processes that ensure the quality and integrity of medical products within the pharmaceutical supply chain. The standard can apply to manufacturers and distributors, as well as entities outside of the industry that support the distribution of pharmaceutical products. DeSpir Logistics, a 3PL Logistics Network, participated in and completed the training during the program's development phase, making it the first company to receive accreditation.

“The HDA PCSC’s Good Distribution Practices Accreditation Program is the first of its kind — there are currently no regularly monitored GDP standards in the United States,” said Chuck Forsaith, Vice President of HDA's Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition. “For several years, many in the pharmaceutical supply chain have called for a program in the U.S. that adheres to the GDP standards of the European Medicines Agency. This program is a natural extension of HDA’s mission, and I am proud that the PCSC is helping to lead the industry to create a new set of standards that ultimately enhance the safety and security of pharmaceutical products.”

“This program is the culmination of the hard work and planning between PCSC and ASC Associates Ltd.,” said Henry Moran, Chief Operating Officer of ASC Associates Ltd and advisory board member of the PCSC. “I applaud DeSpir Logistics for being the first to complete the training during the program's development phase. Companies such as DeSpir that receive accreditation will be better positioned to solve the challenges facing the supply chain today. ASC Associates Ltd’s partnership with HDA and the PCSC ensures trading partners have access to international networks and perspectives outside their respective countries.”

Companies may apply to the program, and if accepted, the applicant will undergo a measured assessment process involving European standards. A review of a company’s existing supply chain security criteria and those developed and endorsed through the PCSC will also be offered. The process will include reviews of current protocols, on-site assessments, as well as several different levels of training. A reference library will also be made available to participants in the program to allow them to remain current in GDP initiatives. Upon successful completion of the assessment and training process, an accreditation standing will be awarded by HDA and valid for two years, with an option for renewal.

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HDA’s Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition offers supply chain security intelligence; access to contacts from industry, government and vendor trade disciplines; physical and supply chain security assessments; a reference library of supply chain security publications, articles and related documents; as well as opportunities to attend educational events. Primarily (but not exclusively) focused on the pharmaceutical industry, PCSC provides useful insights for anyone interested in supply chain security.

The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) represents primary pharmaceutical distributors — the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. Since 1876, HDA has helped members navigate regulations and innovations to get the right medicines to the right patients at the right time, safely and efficiently. The HDA Research Foundation, HDA’s nonprofit charitable foundation, serves the healthcare industry by providing research and education focused on priority healthcare supply chain issues.

ASC is a leading global pharmaceutical logistics consultant committed to ensuring quality, security, and compliance within the supply chain. Through a hands-on approach and profound industry knowledge, ASC collaborates closely with stakeholders to offer bespoke solutions. From supply chain security assessments to compliance consulting, businesses are empowered to excel under ASC's guidance. Moreover, ASC contributes to advancing the development of transportation programs that adhere to the highest Good Distribution Practices (GDP) regulatory standards. ASC has educated thousands of industry professionals through its proprietary training, reinforcing its dedication to advancing pharmaceutical logistics.