Sartorius Stedim Biotech Launches Supply-Chain Initiatives
Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) is launching a new initiative for “end-to-end” security across the entire supply chain spectrum. The supply-chain security initiative will cover three elements: membership in the RX-360 Consortium, implementation of global guidelines for wooden pallets, and tamper-evident packaging.
“As a supplier to the pharma industry, we aim to be ahead of the curve in proactively responding to emerging industry requirements. This is why we will be introducing a supply chain security initiative. Based on this initiative, we intend to offer the highest level of product and transportation security to ensure that our customers receive their product orders in exactly the same perfect quality and safe condition in which they leave our production facilities,“ commented Thomas Paust, Vice President, Supply Chain Management at Sartorius Stedim Biotech, in a press release.
SSB has enrolled as a member in the RX-360 Supply Chain Consortium, a group that works to ensure the quality and authenticity of the product suppliers to the drug manufacturer.
In January 2012, SSB launched a campaign in which all SSB manufacturing sites' established warehouse procedures to control wooden pallet use and storage in accordance with the specifications developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), which are set forth in greater detail in the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15 “Regulation of Wood Packaging Materials in International Trade.”
Finally, SSB is implementing tamper-evident packaging through the use of a special tape that indicates whether any packages have been damaged or even opened during transportation. The company has imposed even higher security standards on packaging and thus on the transportation security of its products, which include presterilized single-use bags and single-use filters used in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Starting August 1, 2012, SSB will implement tamper-evident packaging for its consumable products to provide added security, as well as ensure proper transportation to their customers.