Supply Chain Management in Pharma/Biotech

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This 2-day workshop aims to provide participants with a complete overview of professional supply chain management processes used across all sectors and then spotlight the issues and opportunities that exist specifically within pharmaceuticals. The format of the workshop will be interactive, using case study exercises. Participants will be encouraged to bring along any burning questions that exist within their organisations for discussion (whilst maintaining confidentiality). Just some of the benefits to be delivered from this workshop include:

  • Vastly increased value delivery from CRO's and CMO's and other service providers.
  • Focus on the actions that can transform supply-chain performance.
  • Reduced risk of delays and failure in getting drug to site or channel.
  • Stronger and tighter third party relationships and agreements.
  • Enhanced control of inventory investment, availability and traceability.
  • Ability to perform risk assessments and mitigation plans for the supply network.
  • Appreciation of how to build shared understanding of CMC activities within project management teams.
  • Increased confidence in driving continuous improvement through your supply chains.

Who Should Attend?

Staff wishing to understand how effective supply chain management can contribute significant benefits to an organisation. This would include Project Managers, Clinical and Non-Clinical project team members, Contract Managers, Quality and Compliance, Finance, Regulatory Affairs, Marketing and Business Development.

Numbers are restricted for maximum benefit to participants

Course Programme


  • Segmenting the portfolio
  • Source planning
  • Procurement cycle
  • Gathering supply market intelligence
  • Tendering - ITT/RFP/RFQ
  • Supplier conditioning
  • Supply/Service Level Agreements
  • Relationship maintenance

Demand Supply Planning

  • Current state mapping
  • Envelope of uncertainty
  • Demand forecasting
  • Master planning
  • Production scheduling
  • Material Requirements Planning (MRP I)
  • Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II)
  • Capacity planning
  • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

Inventory Management and Control

  • Defining inventory policy
  • Creating inventory records
  • Inventory record accuracy
  • Forward/reverse traceability
  • Expiry/re-test dating
  • Shelf life supporting stability data
  • Managing excess/obsolete
  • Material change control

Distribution Logistics

  • Third party logistics providers (3PLs)
  • Modes of transport
  • Incoterms (2000)
  • HM Customs duty and clearance
  • Commodity coding
  • Channel management
  • Parallel imports
  • Anti-counterfeiting

Continuous Improvement

  • 5S
  • Lean (TPS)
  • Kaizen and Kaizen blitz
  • Process/operational excellence
  • Six sigma DMAIIC
  • Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED)
  • Quality by Design (QbD)
  • Process Analytical Technology (PAT)

Bringing it all together

  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Listening to Voice of the Customer (VoC)
  • Defining Critical to Quality Attributes (CTQs)
  • Creating 'one shared view'
  • Analysing the current state map
  • Seeing the whole
  • Deciding architecture and reach
  • Agreeing target and future states
  • Developing a control plan
  • Gaining organisational buy-in

What people said about Supply Chain Management in Pharma/Biotech

Good explanations and theories presented on whole supply chain, glad I attended the course

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