Recognizing Excellence in the U.S. Supply Chain

HDA recently launched its Good Distribution Practices (GDP) Accreditation Program, a first of its kind in the United States, through the Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC). ASC Associates Ltd, a European-based firm with extensive experience developing and implementing GDP training programs consistent with European standards worldwide, will help administer the program.

GDP Program Badge

GDP is an important standard of processes that ensure the quality and integrity of medical products within the pharmaceutical supply chain. The GDP Accreditation Program seeks to provide pharmaceutical supply chain trading partners, primarily those providing vendor services — such as transportation, warehousing, freight-forwarding, customs brokerage, 3PL and cargo insurance — the ability to demonstrate familiarization and adherence to recognized GDP operational and training criteria. Complying with these standards can help mitigate distribution deviations.

Process for Earning GDP Accreditation


Reviews and Assessment

Companies may apply to the program, and if accepted, applicants will undergo an assessment process using a set of standards, including those of the European Medicines Agency.

A review of a company’s existing supply chain security criteria and those developed and endorsed through PCSC will also be offered. The process will go through current protocols, on-site assessments and several different levels of training.



Upon successful completion of the assessment and training process, an accreditation standing will be awarded by HDA and valid for two years, with an option for renewal. A reference library will also be made available to participants in the program to allow them to remain current in GDP initiatives.  

For more information, contact Chuck Forsaith.