Delivering a Smooth Clinical Trial Supply Chain via a Robust Partner Depot Network

Clinical trial supply chain management services. Oximio's clinical trial supply logistics partner depot network.

When it comes to conducting clinical trials, one of the critical factors that can significantly impact the success and efficiency of the process is the establishment of a reliable partner depot network for reliable clinical trial supply logistics. A well-organised and comprehensive depot network and supply chain plays a pivotal role in meeting regulatory requirements, managing customs clearance, ensuring appropriate transportation solutions, maintaining proper storage capabilities, overcoming language and cultural barriers, and keeping control of the budget – to name but a few.

In this article, we explore the advantages of establishing a strong partner depot network and its role in ensuring a seamless clinical trials supply.

Satisfying Clinical Trials Regulatory Requirements from Country to Country

When clinical trials are conducted across multiple countries, having expert local knowledge is essential to navigate and satisfy the regulatory requirements for each jurisdiction.

Good local partners will understand the unique legal obligations in their respective countries.  They will be adept at handling the required import and export licenses, managing any permits and liaising with customs authorities to expedite the clearance process. Having a local network partner familiar with local customs procedures will prevent unnecessary delays and ensures that trial materials reach their destination on time.

Country-Specific Logistics Solutions and Infrastructure Considerations

Transportation can be a complex challenge in clinical trials, particularly when operating in countries with diverse infrastructures. A competent partner will have in-depth knowledge of local transportation networks and can design country-specific solutions to overcome infrastructural limitations. This includes selecting appropriate modes of transport, addressing any unique transportation challenges, and having access to licensed local distributors to ensure the timely and secure delivery of trial materials to investigator sites. By leveraging their expertise in transportation logistics, a robust depot network facilitates efficient and reliable distribution throughout the trial duration.

Storage Capabilities and Temperature Control for Sample Stability and Safety

Maintaining the integrity of trial samples and medicines is essential at all stages of the journey. Adequate storage capabilities, particularly for temperature-sensitive materials, are crucial to ensure sample stability and safety. A dependable partner will offer state-of-the-art storage facilities equipped with appropriate temperature control systems. This allows for the secure storage of medicines, biological specimens, and other trial-related materials, safeguarding their efficacy and usability throughout the trial. An experienced partner will have effective temperature monitoring and contingency plans in place to mitigate any potential risks.

Packing Expertise for Safe Transportation

Proper packing and packaging is essential to protect trial materials during transportation. A proficient partner will have extensive experience in handling a wide range of trial materials and understands the specific packaging requirements for different substances, such as hazardous materials, biological samples, or temperature-sensitive medications. By ensuring appropriate packaging, labelling, and inventory documentation, your partner will minimize the risk of damage, loss, or regulatory non-compliance during transportation.

Overcoming Language and Cultural Barriers

When conducting clinical trials across borders, language and cultural barriers can pose significant challenges. A good partner, proficient in local languages and well-versed in the cultural nuances of the regions where trials are being conducted will be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with local stakeholders, including investigators, site staff, and regulatory authorities. This will help to ensure smooth operations and compliance.

Budget Control

Clinical trials require careful budget planning and control to ensure efficient resource utilisation. A reliable partner understands the financial aspects of clinical trial logistics and works closely with sponsors to develop cost-effective solutions. By leveraging their expertise in transportation, storage, and customs procedures, they can identify opportunities for optimisation, such as selecting the most economical transportation routes or implementing efficient inventory management strategies. Meticulous budget control means that sponsors can maximise resources and be cost-effective.

Clinical Trial Supply Logistics from Oximio

Protecting products and patients at all times, Oximio provides complete end-to-end clinical trial supply chain logistics across the globe, ensuring quality standards are met at all times.  In Europe, the company has depots and warehouse facilities in Georgia, Hungary, Serbia and Ukraine. In the Middle East depots and warehouses are located in Israel and Türkiye. Africa benefits from depots and warehousing in South Africa and Kenya. Services from Georgia, Serbia and Kenya are further enhanced with customs bonded warehouses.

Our extensive partner depot network significantly extends our global reach allowing us to provide full clinical trial supply chain services in the following countries:

  • Bosnia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • N-Macedonia
  • USA
  • India
  • Croatia
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Brazil

To find out how we can assist you with your clinical trials supply logistics, please contact us. We’d be delighted to discuss your requirements.