As certain regions of the world are added to a clinical study, the logistical and regulatory challenges associated with clinical trial supply distribution can rise exponentially. Underestimating the often complex distribution logistics necessitated by the sensitive and highly regulated nature of clinical supplies can potentially put a study’s budget and timeline—and more importantly, patients— at risk. Standards and accepted practices in one part of the world may be unacceptable in another.
While thorough knowledge of a country’s regulatory requirements is critical, understanding both the written and unwritten regional differences and business practices that come in to play that can make the difference between clinical supplies moving successfully between countries, being detained in Customs, or rejected entirely.
Explore best practices for clinical trial materials logistics for different global region and gain insight from shipping and logistics experts.