Irish Exporters Association

The IEA since 2007 has been working with the Irish Life Sciences manufacturers, the Irish Medicines Board and the logistics companies servicing the market, to develop a voluntary Code of Good Distribution Practice for the sector. This GDP Code of practice with its compliance certified courses is the outcome of this collaborative work. It is the first of its kind in Europe and will help ensure that Ireland remains in the forefront of preferred locations for investment in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sector.

Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Passport plays a key role in assuring quality of the supply chain and distribution of pharmaceutical and medical devices products.  The GDP Passport by the Irish Exporters Association is the first of its kind and ensures compliance and safety throughout the whole supply chain.
The Code 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 with 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 training needed to become a GDP Passport Holder is outlined below:

    Appointment of GDP Champion – must have completed an intensive 3 Day GDP Champion Training
    All relevant operational staff completed 1/2 day GDP Introduction Training
    All Drivers involved in Transportation & Handling of Pharmaceutical Products must complete 2 Hour Driver Training.

After having secured European funding under the Interreg 4A scheme, Life Sciences Ireland developed the "Security of Supply and Patient Safety through Good Distribution Practice" initiative.  This initiative aims at providing online and classroom based training programmes in GDP.  For further information, click here.

Ireland is one of the leading international locations for the Life Science industry. The industry, which spans pharmaceuticals, chemicals, diagnostics, medical devices and biotechnology, is extremely important to the Ireland’s economy and its future growth.