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Your Guide to GMP Warehousing

March 1, 2024
Your Guide to GMP Warehousing

Embedding Quality into Every Aspect of Storage and Handling

Written By: Narek Hakobyan

Product quality and safety are vital for the pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics, and food industries. How you store products matters significantly, and with GMP, you'll have a strict set of guidelines to ensure the integrity of your products from storage to distribution.

What is GMP Warehousing Exactly?

GMP stands for Current Good Manufacturing Practice. Today, it’s also commonly referred to as cGMP, which stands for Current Good Manufacturing Practice. It's a regulatory framework established by agencies like the FDA to ensure the safety and quality of products. It’s a systematic storage approach, including proper documentation, storage conditions, and handling procedures to prevent contamination, mix-ups, and other errors.

Key Components and Protocols of GMP Warehousing

  • Documentation and Record-Keeping - GMP emphasizes thorough documentation to trace the journey of every product through the warehouse, from receipt to shipment. 
  • Storage Conditions - Products must be stored under conditions specified by the manufacturer. This could involve temperature control, humidity regulation, and protection from light, among other factors. 
  • Cleanliness and Hygiene - Warehouses must adhere to strict cleanliness and hygiene standards to prevent contamination. This includes regular cleaning schedules, pest control measures, and maintenance of clean and hygienic handling equipment.
  • Training - Staff must be well-versed and trained in GMP regulations and procedures.
  • Security - Implementing security measures is important to prevent unauthorized access and safeguard the products against theft, tampering, or compromise.

Benefits of GMP Warehousing

Implementing GMP in warehousing brings numerous benefits, such as assurance of quality and safety, regulatory compliance, increased consumer trust, operational efficiency, and security measures to prevent unauthorized access.

Finding a GMP Warehouse

When searching for a GMP warehouse, look for facilities certified by accredited organizations, as they provide independent third-party verification of compliance with GMP regulations. Look for a provider with a proven track record in your specific industry. Remember to always consult with qualified professionals to ensure compliance with current regulations.

Additional Resources:

FDA cGMP Regulations: 

World Health Organization: 

Mercury's state-of-the-art cold chain storage facilities prioritize adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to ensure the utmost quality and compliance for your pharmaceutical and healthcare products. 

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