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Online Good Distribution Practice Learning

ASC Associates, a leading provider of training, auditing, and consultancy services for the pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical logistics industry, is delighted to announce, in partnership with GDP Networks, the provision of its online Good Distribution Practice certified training courses to CILT Mobility & Supply Chain Skillnet Network.

The Good Distribution Practice Certified online courses for Transport Operations and Logistics were co-developed by ASC and GDP Networks specifically for the Freight forwarding, Transport and Logistics Industries.  The courses allow the user complete flexibility, allowing them to learn at their own pace. Each course is assessed and based on successful completion a certificate of attainment is provided for the users training record.

CILT Mobility & Supply Chain Skillnet is a learning network for enterprises within the transport, logistics and supply chain management sectors.

The Challenge Ahead – PCSC Seminar Review

On 4th and 5th April, the PCSC hosted its annual seminar, in New Jersey USA.  We were delighted and honoured to be asked to make a presentation on “Good Distribution Practice and Supply Chain Security – an integration”.

The presentation discussed how risk management in the life science logistics chain is managed in many ways, including Good Distribution Practice and Supply Chain Security.

Managing Risk

Risk management was the theme of the Seminar. We heard from retired 4-star General Gus Perna, who was tasked with managing the logistics of Operation Warp Speed.

The Pharmaceutical Security Institute presented their most recent data in regards pharmaceutical crime incidents highlighting the increasing risks associated with theft, diversion, and counterfeit cases.

Travelers Insurance, Scott Cornell, presented on the increasing risk of fictious pickups and carrier identify theft.  Highlighting the lengths that criminals will go to in obtaining high value shipments.

A highly experienced team from Overhaul, gave a behind the scenes overview of how a cargo theft recovery is performed.  The interactive presentation provided an excellent insight into how risks are handled and managed.


Barry McDonogh, Tru Tag Technologies described how technology is being developed and used to reduce the risk of counterfeit drugs in the legitimate Supply Chain.

Cassandra Gaines, owner Carrier Assure Inc, demonstrated the value of the Carrier Assure platform in regards carrier selection. By using a weighted scoring system, the software reduces the risk of choosing to work with the wrong carrier.

New technology is very much at the forefront of our industry, Rob Robertson-Boyd from Cardinal Health, described how the use of drones has been trialled to deliver medicines to certain locations in the US.

Industry Updates

We heard from Andrew Boyle, incoming chairperson of the American Trucking Association, and Alexandra Shirk, Research Associate, American Transportation Research Institute in regards the current state of the US trucking industry and the challenges it faces in regards costs and risks.

The seminar was honoured to receive a presentation from Jaime Rocafuerte and Andrew Solarsh from US Customs, with respect to the amazing work that the JFK mail centre does in preventing illegal shipments from arriving in the USA.

The seminar concluded with two industry updates the first from Alan Gear, Chairperson of TAPA America on the introduction of the TAPA Supply Chain Security Standards Programme. And then, what is now the tradition, Pete Mento provided is with a Global industry Trade Update.

Key learnings, managing risk is multifaceted, technology is the future, but we can still learn from the past.

2023 HDA PCSC Educational Seminar

On 4th and 5th April 2023, the PCSC will be hosting its 17th annual educational seminar, in New Jersey, USA.  ASC Associates are honoured to be presenting at this year’s event. Henry Moran will deliver a presentation on “Good Distribution Practice and Supply Chain Security – an integration”.

The presentation will discuss risk management in the life science supply chain and highlight how regulations and standards provide a invaluable framework for the safe and secure handling of pharmaceutical and healthcare products.

With over 15 years of life science compliance experience Henry’s presentation will provide practical application of the value of integrating Supply Chain Security and Good Distribution Practice.

The Roman Road – Champions!

Rome, Italy was the latest location for the JAS Pharma and Healthcare Champion Training programme.  Our very own Henry Moran Director at ASC Associates had the honour to facilitate the 2-day training event.

JAS Pharma and Healthcare’s industry leading training programme involving all aspects of Pharmaceutical Logistics compliance culminated in the certification of over 30 Champions.

The training event was followed by the opening of the newly constructed, GDP certified, JAS Pharma and Healthcare warehouse, located at Rome Fiumicino Airport.


Sustainability is the Future





Sustainability was the key theme at the recent Sonoco ThermoSafe Rental Packaging Workshop at the CEVA Logistics facility in Brussels, Belgium.

ASC Associates, Henry Moran, in collaboration with Andrew Heholt, Director of Business Development and Orion Product Manager, jointly facilitated this industry leading event.

The in-person workshop generated discussion on Green Logistics, the Orion rental packaging program along with case studies on how a successful rental program model is implemented.

This innovative interactive session highlighted that the pharmaceutical and biopharma industries are starting their journeys in regards sustainability, but speedy progress is being made.

More information on the event is available here

A very Happy Festive Season!

As 2022 comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our clients and partners a very Happy Festive Season, thank you for all of the support you have afforded us during the year.

We very much look forward to a successful 2023!


Rental Packaging Workshop & Tour


We are delighted to be facilitating the upcoming Sonoco ThermoSafe rental packaging workshop, at the CEVA Logistics Brussels facility on 17th January 2023.

The 4 hour educational experience, facilitated by Henry Moran, will include sessions on sustainability in the biopharma supply chain, how a rental packaging programme works and the change management process as a new packaging model is adopted.

All the details if the event can be found here

We are the Champions!


We are the Champions! ASC Associates were honoured to support the JAS Pharma and Healthcare team with their global Pharma Logistics training programme.

Over the last 18 months, ASC Associates have been working with David Bang and his amazing JAS team to develop and deliver training sessions to support their Pharma and Healthcare Vertical.  We were delighted and proud to facilitate the final face to face Champion Training sessions, in Singapore, for the JAS Pharma and Healthcare APAC teams.

It is always such a privilege to be involved in developing knowledge and sharing experiences. To be able bring the theory to life.



State side – ASC Associates and DeSpir Logistics

We are delighted to be heading to Lisle, Illinois, USA to deliver our in-classroom GDP Awareness and Responsible Person for Pharmaceutical Logistics certificated courses. Over four days we will train approx. 40 key members of staff from DeSpir Logistics.

DeSpir Logistics is one of the leading providers in the USA of safe, secure transport of ultra-high value cargo on behalf of the pharmaceutical, biotech and life science industries.

Our classroom training is delivered by blending the regulatory requirements with real life practical examples and experiences. We bring the theory to life.

GDP Awareness Training Virtual Classroom

We recently delivered our globally recognised certificated, GDP Awareness Virtual Classroom training to a team from Tower Cold Chain, one of the world’s leading temperature-controlled packaging organisation.  The virtual classroom interactive course, delivered over 2 days, provides all the essential elements of Good Distribution Practice for those stakeholders involved in pharmaceutical logistics

 Our training is delivered by blending the regulatory requirements with real life practical examples and experiences. Increasing knowledge supports compliance.