Grieshaber optimizes handling of clinical trial goods at Logistik Park Hochrhein

The implemented customer is a quality-conscious packaging partner & co-packer for outer packaging in the pharmaceutical environment and has been established as a reliable partner for many years. The customer packs primary as well as secondary packaging at its two main production sites in Switzerland and Italy for various pharmaceutical customers, including medications for clinical samples, nasal sprays, clinical thermometers or pregnancy tests.
Laboratory analysis, procurement of the reference medication, galenic development and production, blinding and placebo production, EU-release and many other services in the field of product marking, blistering and labelling round off a versatile range of services.

After the goods have been packaged at the two main production sites, Switzerland and Italy, by a wide variety of customers, Grieshaber Logistics Group AG is part of the supply chain as the extended arm of the customer. Grieshaber Logistics Group AG is also responsible for organizing the transport of production waste.

The initial situation was to find concepts for warehouse and distribution customers in the medical and pharmaceutical environment for the very specific requirements of a packer in the environment of clinical trial goods.
The core elements of the finally implemented solution comprise the following core elements:

  • Provision of a terminal-independent and online-based system platform for the input and monitoring of incoming and outgoing goods
  • Audit-proof storage of all process-relevant or officially required documents
  • Networked interface connection to the archiving system, validated warehouse management system, transport system and higher-level supply chain platform
  • Integration of the products in the respective required temperature zones between -20°C, 2-8°C and 15-25°C
  • Transfer (and in some areas organization) of the Europe-wide, temperature-controlled transports according to GDP (Good Distribution Practice).

From goods receipt booking, through picking and packing to goods issue, this customer is included as a pick and pack project in the multi-user uniform processes at the Rheinfelden site. The necessary networking of the web platform for entering orders of all kinds into the validated warehouse management system is an essential anchor for controlling the complex distribution task.

As is well known, clinical trials are a mandatory element for the development and approval of drugs. They are intended to prove the efficacy of newly developed drugs and to determine their tolerability and are approved by the respective federal authority. Due to the above-mentioned manufacturing steps in non-EU countries, various customs import steps are already required at the goods receipt stage. These are documented by a customs officer of Grieshaber Logistics Group AG and an official customs inspection. This serves the purpose of precisely comparing the goods with the delivery documents and consequently releasing them into free circulation.

Only a small part of the customer's goods is delivered as a full pallet, stored and reloaded unchanged. Conceptually, the storage has been divided into a rough and fine picking area. Full pallets are stored in high-bay racks, single items in shelving racks, so that after the interface-based order entry in the web platform, picking can be ensured in the shortest process time directly into the shipping container.

End customer deliveries, mainly to clinics, pharmacies or doctors' practices, are always temperature-monitored by data loggers, and in the temperature zones 2-8°C or 15-25°.

Grieshaber Logistics Group AG

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