Category: Training

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.

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 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.


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.

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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Anti-Bribery and Corruption in the Supply Chain

With the ever increasing demands on logistics and freight forwarding organisations to conduct the right due diligence on their service providers, ASC Associates are pleased to announce the launch of their Certificated Classroom and Virtual Classroom – Anti-bribery and Corruption in the Supply Chain Awareness Training Course.

The course focusses specifically on the key legislation that must be complied with along with identifying the risks and vulnerabilites in the Supply Chain.  It also provides practical advise on conducting the appropriate supplier due diligence.

ASC partner WCA Academy for GDP & Perishable Training in Barcelona.


ASC are delighted to be partnering the WCA Academy at the 5th annual WCA Speciality Logistics Fair in Barcelona, where we will be delivering our GDP and GDP refresher courses. We will also be launching, in partnership with the WCA Academy, the Perishable Gold Standard Training course for perishable logistics compliance.

WCA Speciality Logistics Fair,  Crowne Plaza, Barcelona, Spain from 14th – 17th June 2019.