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Partners and Subcontractors
All Avant Pharma’s supply chain partners, including subcontractors have been rigorously assessed and vetted in accordance with WHO and GDP guidelines and meet the highest industry standards. All partners have in place Technical Quality Agreements (TQAs), joint Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) which meet the most exacting of customer requirements.
Trained Staff, GDP and ISO
Our Pharma Manager is GDP certified (view our GDP Passport) and heads up a highly competent team who are trained in accordance with EU Guidelines 2013/C 343 01 (view here). Our team has many years’ experience of shipping pharma products between diverse markets worldwide. Quality management is the cornerstone of all our operations and our certification to ISO 9001:2015 drives continual improvement in all we do. There are an increasing number of sophisticated temperature control pharma products coming to market. These require that we continually upskill our staff so that we always offer our clients the most effective and innovative solutions for their products.
Experience in pharma shipping from South America to Europe, from India to the US, from Europe to the Far East and Africa has given us the breadth of knowledge in how best to provide efficient supply chain solutions. Our business relationships and local knowledge gained over many years, ensure that we are confident in developing cost effective options for our clients.
Avant’s Control Tower manages global air and seafreight movements. It ensures point to point visibility and control of our shipments. Tracking of cargoes and prompt notifications give us the opportunity to resolve disruptions quickly. Linking with our offices throughout the world on a 24/7 basis means that shipping status is monitored continually and allows timely interventions if required.
Route Risk Analysis, Lane Validations and Protocols
Shipping temperature controlled pharma is a high risk process. It requires a detailed analysis of multiple routes to evaluate all the factors that will adversely affect the product. Reviewing transit times, transit points, seasonal temperature variations, touchpoints etc will inform us as to the most appropriate routing. Risk mitigations are employed where less that optimal conditions exist. When requested, we can arrange lane validations in accordance with our clients Quality requirements. Avant have, for many years, assisted clients in developing their protocols around stuffing and packing of both active and passive containers.
Fortunately, non-conformities are not experienced often in Avant Pharma. However when they do occur we have a rigorous process to investigate what went wrong, how it occurred and establish the root cause. Following this analysis, a Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA) is implemented to rectify the problem and prevent recurrence. This process is a key element in assisting our pharma clients to meet with their regulatory obligations.
In the event of a product recall Avant have a GDP process in place to ensure that we respond immediately and at any time in accordance with the clients instructions. Our systems provide full traceability during transit enabling immediate response to a recall instruction.