Chemistry & Industry
The Real Trust Issue – Supply Chain Security
Tom Beil, Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, Sigma-Aldrich/ SAFC and Rx-360 board member
One of the concerns that we consistently face in the pharmaceutical industry is the issue of sharing information that could be used in a competitive way. This is a trust issue. I understand the concern, but if we step back and look at the real trust issue, it is in our supply chain security.
The International Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Consortium, Rx-360, was launched in June 2009, and is made up of regulators, pharmaceutical executives, supplier executives and members of professional organisations whose common aim is to serve patients. Its mission is to create and monitor a global quality system that meets the expectations of industry and regulators that assures patient safety by guaranteeing product quality and authenticity throughout the supply chain.
The Rx-360 audit sharing process has been designed to make available the wealth of supplier audit information that already exists within consortium member companies.
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