Supply chain mapping: a best practice guide
Given the complexity of support networks needed to deliver our biopharma products, good supply chain mapping (SCM) is essential to ensure reliable drug product supply, especially given the way that natural disasters, adverse weather and political climates can have such an immediate and catastrophic effect. Good SCM enhances biopharmaceutical companies’ ability to plan and react to situations thanks to a greater transparency and visibility through the supply chain.
To help companies up and down the supply chain get better at this the Supply Chain Mapping workstream has developed a best practice guide that can be tailored for the specific needs of each business, whether supplier or manufacturer.
To help companies up and down the supply chain develop and increase understanding of the often complex links between material sourcing, transportation and distribution nodes, the Supply Chain Mapping workstream has developed a best practice guide that can be tailored for the specific needs of each business, whether supplier or manufacturer. It seeks to steer drug manufacturers and their supply partners towards a more consistent approach in understanding the principles and processes that companies can adopt to benefit end-users and the biopharmaceutical industry.
The Best Practice guide specifically does not provide a recommendation on a solution provider for SCM; whether in-house systems or through the services of a third party. It provides the general principles and processes that any company can adopt as they begin, or mature, their own SCM journey.
The guide identifies five primary drivers as to why a company should adopt this: patient safety, regulations, supply security, financial benefits and reputation. It includes a process map to a possible implementation model and suggests the areas that a company might wish to consider in seeking to adopt a more consistent, pro-active approach to better understand its own supply chain.
The guide provides a suggested standardized questionnaire that can be utilized to collate and manage basic supplier data and a maturity model against which a company can assess its own level of progress in implementing required change. There is also an outline of the performance management related metrics and characteristics that might be used as a company develops a SCM solution to meet its own business specific needs.