Supply Partnering and Relationship Management

Areas of interest for the team include forecast and demand planning, relationship management, contracts and contracting, lead-times, supply strategy and inventory management, new products and transparency in the in-bound supply chain.

Poor relationships result in poor materials availability, lack of resilience of supply and poor risk management

Inconsistency in the methods used within the supply chain ​size and use of contracts for different categories such as materials, services, etc.​ There is industry variability on understanding of the lead times terms and inconsistent use and a disconnect between supplier and biomanufacturer expectations.

Agreed methodologies for communication leads to better surety of supply and the improvement of the operation of the inbound supply chain

  • Supply chain KPIs
  • Implementation of supply changes​
  • Technical requirements​
  • Reduction of wasted effort, time and resource
  • Patient impact​
  • Delayed availability of therapeutics missed​
  • Frustration reduced (member measurable factor)​
  • Reduced deviations​
  • Clear definition of responsibilities within the supply chain i.e. who owns doing this work
  • Best practices and standards for – forecasting, planning, relationship management and performance management
  • Collaborative work with suppliers and biomanufacturers to eliminate or reduce supply chain waste, with focus on sustainability​

$ – Improved Supply Chain KPIs​
$ – Fewer deviations, failed batches and OOS raw material lots​
$ – Reduction in non-value-adding activities, across the industry and supply base
$ – Better understanding of supply chain capacity and lead times leading to right-sized ​solutions

Supply Partnering and Relationship Management deliverables


Demand signal changes survey – September 2022

27 July, 2023Webinar

Lead times best practice guide

27 April, 2023
210.79 KB

On time in full (OTIF) high level guidance

21 July, 2022
155.32 KB

Supply chain quality management optimal process and RACI

22 June, 2022
14.59 MB

Forecast and demand planning optimal process tools

31 May, 2022
7.77 MB

BioPhorum response to USP <1083> draft monograph: Supplier qualification and guidance for associated risk assessments

13 April, 2022Member only

Forecast and Demand Planning toolkit

5 January, 2021
3.45 MB

Forecast template

27 August, 2020
50.55 KB

Forecasting and supply planning: A best practice guide for the biopharmaceutical supply industry and assessment tool

5 April, 2018
332.57 KB

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