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GDP Passport

22 Feb 2018 | Fiona Luciani

What is the GDP Passport

The distribution of healthcare products is a very important activity and the quality and integrity of these products can be affected by lack of controls, safety and security in their supply chain.
The European guidelines on Good Distribution Practice (GDP), revised and published in November 2013 (click here for copy) highlight the importance of quality, processes, risk and risk assessments.

The Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Passport by the Irish Exporters Association is the first of its kind and ensures compliance and safety throughout the whole supply chain.

Manufacturers can then ensure that pharmaceutical and medical devices products are transported, stored and handled according to GDP regulations and guidelines by dealing with GDP Passport holders.

The GDP Code of Practice is focused at providing training courses to all levels of personnel involved in the supply chain. The key to success is the full suite of standardised and certified training which is to be undertaken by all those engaged either directly by the manufacturer or indirectly by the Service Provider in distribution activities, as stated in ‘WHO Good Distribution Practices for Pharmaceutical Products’, section 7.1.

The industry has also recognised the need for a compliant supply chain for pharmaceutical products, and the GDP Passport was enthusiastically welcomed when it was launched in October 2009 by Mr. Patrick O’Mahony, CEO of the Irish Medicine Board (now HPRA).

To find out more about the GDP Passport and if it's suitable for your company, contact Fiona Luciani at the Irish Exporters Association on 01 6612183 or

Watch this short video about the GDP Passport:

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