Third party logistics for Medical Devices
Supply chain management for medical device products is arguably one of the most critical and potentially challenging industries for the logistics sector. Proper storage, handling, inventory control, serial number & lot tracking and time-definite transportation solutions are all essential to providing a safe, accurate and quality product for the end consumer or patient.
The medical device sector offer a wide variety of products that require specialized handling and care. From a vast number of SKUs with lot tracking requirements, to potential hazardous goods storage and handling compliance standards, to shipping bulk orders to big box retailers, to the fast order cycle demands of B2C e-commerce, order fulfillment has never been more critical to one of the fast growing and most competitive industries.
Any 3PL that stores, handles or provides value-added services for certain medical devices must have Class I or Class II certifications as well as up to date drug license for the fulfillment or distribution center. AIB and/or HACCP is another vital warehouse certification. AIB and HACCP provide food-grade level safety audits, inspections, certifications, and education/training for manufacturers, distributors and third-party warehouse operators. In addition, ISO quality certifications can also provide a solid foundation for any 3PL operating in the medical device supply chain.
Hazardous goods storage & handling compliance in Medical Devices supply chain
Medical device products may also require specialized storage and handling permits to comply with local, state and federal regulations related to medical devices that contain hazardous components like lithium batteries. Logistics providers may be required to have ESFR or in-rack sprinkler systems, physical cages, specialized training for staff to properly handle and package hazardous or ORMD items.
Warehouse management and parcel management systems must be able to accurately identify hazardous goods and have the internal logic to determine which items cannot ship together in the same box, which DOT compliant labeling is required and the best class of freight service for the goods contained within an order containing restricted items.
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