Category: Supply Chain Security

Certified Excellence: ASC Associates Ltd Pioneers GDP Program for Pharmaceutical Logistics in Partnership with PCSC

New Jersey, USA, 4th April 2024 – ASC Associates Ltd, a leading provider of supply chain solutions, is thrilled to announce the launch of its highly anticipated Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Program. This innovative initiative, developed in collaboration with the HDA’s Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC), marks a significant milestone in enhancing supply chain integrity and efficiency within the pharmaceutical industry. The program is designed to strengthen the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain and set new industry standards. ASC Associates Ltd, a trusted name in GDP program design and training, is the driving force behind this accreditation, ensuring that participants meet recognized operational and training criteria.

The GDP Accreditation was unveiled at the HDA’s PCSC Educational Seminar in Whippany, N.J., on 4th April 2024. It offers a comprehensive assessment process that aligns with European standards and endorsed criteria from the PCSC. Companies that complete the rigorous training phase receive accreditation that is valid for two years, with an option for renewal, ensuring ongoing compliance and proficiency.

DeSpir Logistics, a leading 3PL Logistics Provider, has not only completed the program but has also become the first recipient of the accreditation. This remarkable achievement serves as a beacon of inspiration, demonstrating the efficacy of the program in aligning existing supply chain security and quality best practices.

“GDP Accreditation” is a groundbreaking initiative that is poised to transform the transportation and logistics sector in the United States. This program offers companies a unique opportunity to improve their supply chain practices, which can significantly enhance their operations and service offerings. According to Amy Shortman, the Founder and EVP of Product Marketing at ASC, pharmaceutical companies require high trust when entrusting valuable cargo to a transportation company. As a result, they tend to prefer working with logistics partners that adhere to the best supply chain compliance and security practices and have been certified by an independent entity. Extending the pharmaceutical companies’ quality standards downstream to logistics partners, creates an invaluable system of trust and efficiency in the industry.

Henry Moran, COO of ASC Associates Ltd and advisory board member of PCSC, praised the collaborative effort behind the program’s development and its potential to enhance supply chain resilience. Moran commended DeSpir Logistics for its pioneering role and highlighted the programme’s broader impact on industry stakeholders.

ASC Associates Ltd’s GDP Program offers unparalleled training and accreditation for companies seeking to elevate their supply chain practices and safeguard product quality and integrity. For more information, please visit hda-and-pcsc-announce-launch-of-gdp-accreditation-program.



On 15th and 16th March 2022, Corvus Global Events will be hosting its Annual Pharma Supply Chain & Security World Summit, where Pharma industry experts share various challenges faced, new strategies, case studies and use of innovative ideas, the conference will also offer opportunities to encourage partnerships and collaborations.

ASC’s Henry Moran will share his 25+ years’ of experience on Supply Chain Security by presenting on the topic of “Extracting best practice and synergies for the safe and secure delivery of medicines for Human use”.

Supply Chain Security Awareness Training

ASC Associates in partnership with Customs Plus, Skillnet Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Ireland are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership aimed at offering Supply Chain Security Awareness Training.

Today’s Supply Chains are now more vulnerable to a broad range of risks that can have a significant impact on an organisation’s ability to trade. Supply Chain Risk Management is becoming a top priority, as companies risk losing Money and Business as a result of supply disruption, intellectual property loss, cost volatility, non-compliance fines and incidents that cause damage to both the organisational brand and its reputation.

This is an introductory level eLearning course for supply chain professionals. It is designed to provide participants with knowledge of Supply Chain Security and assist them in identifying Threats and Risks to their organisation, both internally and externally.

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RX360 partner with ASC Associates to offer audit services to the globally recognised Rx360 audit programme.


RX360 partner with ASC Associates to offer audit services to the globally recognised Rx360 audit programme.

Partnership will bring global expertise in Supply Chain Security and Good Distribution Practice to RX360 members.

CAMBRIDGE, UK and PHILADELPHIA, USA, August 3rd, 2020. Rx-360, an international pharmaceutical consortium dedicated to supply chain integrity and patient safety, announces it has signed a partnership with ASC Associates Limited (ASC) a consultancy specialising in Global Supply Chain Security and Compliance. By working in partnership, Rx360 has expanded its programme of audit services available to members. ASC brings extensive knowledge and experience on Global Supply Chain Security and Good Distribution Practice compliance.

Jim Fries, CEO of Rx-360 commented, “Being able to bring choice to our membership when it comes to auditing, is a valuable tool that will continue to drive our goal of reducing industry audit burden. This expansion will also bring added focus to our mission around patient safety”.

Henry Moran, Director of ASC commented, “We are delighted and honoured to be selected as a partner for the Rx360 audit programme. With our extensive audit expertise in Supply Chain Security and Good Distribution Practice, aligned with our knowledge of all supply chain stakeholders and service providers, we look forward to working collaboratively to add value to the RX360 member and to improve global standards”.


About RX360

Rx-360 non-profit international consortium addresses pharmaceutical and medical device supply chain security in relation to public health concerns and patient safety. These issues affect billions of individuals around the world on a daily basis. As supply chains become more global, complex and increasingly vulnerable to adulteration and counterfeiting, Rx-360 has increased its focus on strong partnerships between pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers to ensure the integrity of supply chains through on-site auditing.

For more information visit RX360

About ASC

ASC Associates are a bespoke consultancy, training and auditing organisation providing services to the Life Science and Pharmaceutical supply chain. In the high-value, pharmaceutical and healthcare worlds – where threats to product safety and security are ever-increasing, we go above and beyond – dedicated to improving all aspects of supply chain logistics.  With a relentless focus on innovation, security, safety, compliance and efficacy, we take extraordinary care with attention to detail. We advise. We assess. We train. We plan. We audit. We scope. We inspect. We implement. In person.

For more information visit ASC or LinkedIn


On 19th/ 20th March 2019 in London, UK Corvus Global Events hosted the 2nd Annual Pharma Security World 2019 – Anti-Counterfeiting, Drug Serialization and Supply-Chain Conference, where Pharma industry experts shared various challenges faced, new strategies, case studies and use of innovative ideas and the conference will also offer opportunities to encourage partnerships and collaborations. ASC’s Tom Cochrane shared his 35+ years’ of experience on Supply Chain Security, the important of training those within the supply chain and focused in on the EU’s Falsified Medicine Directive andDrug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)Tom Cochrane ASC Associate

‘The US is driving the path with the approved in 2013. DSCSA guide for end-to-end traceability is extended over a period of 10 years, with expectations sketched throughout the supply chain. The complete supply chain is relied upon to be electronically incorporated and all hubs of traceability to be built up by November 2023. The E.U.’s Falsified Medicines Directive requires drug companies to adopt mass serialization and other anti-counterfeiting measures starting in 2019. Manufacturers who operate in the E.U. will have to add unique identification numbers to the outer packaging of all prescription drugs, and equip containers with tamperproof seals. To guide customers from illicit online drug stores that supply fake medications, the FMD requires approved legitimate Internet drug stores to show a logo distinguishing them as E.U. approved drug retailers.’

The Conference deliberations were on the following themes:

• Understanding and meeting the needs of DSCSA, EU FMD and other global regulations
• Synchrony of the Pharma Industry and professional bodies against counterfeiting
• Tackling pharmaceutical crime – initiatives at multinational, EU and national level
• IP and regulatory enforcement
• Strategies for public awareness and patient protection
• Best practices to protect your brand
• The role of the Internet in aiding the counterfeiters – How to overcome the situation?
• Common Logo initiative in the EU for online pharmacies
• Brand Protection & Securing supply chain integrity
• End to End supply chain visibility
• Developing a sustainable Serialization strategy
• Global enterprise level solutions for anti-counterfeiting
• Integration of track & trace solutions in production and supply chain
• Smart Packaging, Labeling, Artwork, Warehouse & Logistics
• Effective Authentication Technologies
• Best selection of tamper-evident features
• Developing a RMP for your supply chain to protect your Brand, Product and Patient Safety
• Measuring the Effectiveness of a Good Quality System through frequent external and internal audits
• Debating the use and implementation of serialization, barcoding, and RFID
• Serialization Data and Analytics driven approach to increase supply chain agility
• Cloud-based technology complement big data solutions in monitoring and improving supply chain processes
• The need to understand and adopt new technologies like IoT, Analytics, Block chain, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
• Case study: How companies are structuring their counterfeiting efforts and departments?