Passport Background

The Good Distribution Practice Passport plays a key role in assuring quality of the supply chain and distribution of pharmaceutical and medical devices products

The Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Passport by the Irish Exporters Association is the first of its kind and ensures compliance and safety throughout the whole supply chain.

Manufacturers can then ensure that pharmaceutical and medical devices products are transported, stored and handled according the GMP and GDP regulations and guidelines by dealing with GDP Passport holders.

The Code is focused at providing training courses to all levels of personnel involved in the supply chain. The key to success is the full suite of standardised and certified training which is to be undertaken by all those engaged either directly by the manufacturer or indirectly by the Service Provider in distribution activities, as stated in ‘WHO Good Distribution Practices for Pharmaceutical Products’, section 7.1.

The industry has also recognized the need for a compliant supply chain for pharmaceutical products, and the GDP Passport was enthusiastically welcomed when it was launched in October 2009 by Mr. Patrick O’Mahony, CEO of the Irish Medicine Board, and several companies, both indigenous and international, have already signed up to the GDP Passport to undergo the training required and the IEA has already awarded over 20 companies with the GDP Passport; in 2012 and moving forward, a further group of companies will have met the requirements and will be awarded with the GDP Passport, making Ireland the leader in pharmaceutical supply chain compliancy.

The GDP Passport has fours stages:

Note : The IEA has offers a GDP Transport Passport – For Transport Companies with no warehousing or storage facilities.