The C-TPAT programme is a partnership between government and industry to contribute to a safe supply chain. The broader aim is to contribute to the improvement of border security through this programme. C-TPAT is therefore mainly of interest in the export of goods, but can certainly be applied to national freight as well. Think, for example, of high-value cargo being moved from the manufacturer to the distribution centre.
GDP guidelines or Good Distribution Practice Guidelines, are guidelines that ensure that distribution of medicines or related products for human use remains in compliance with laws and regulations. It contributes to the guarantee that the medicines are of good quality, in addition to, for example, the UN3373 — Category B classification. The GDP guideline is a European standard that sets requirements within logistics so that medicines with the same quality arrive at their destination.
The HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) Hygiene Code is a risk analysis for critical control points on food safety in the food industry. Which seal is appropriate for your situation and which meets the food safety standard ISO: FSSC 2200 and the HACCP Hygiene Code depends on various factors. There are three categories of seals to choose from based on the cargo you are carrying and its destination.
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is the global developer of voluntary international standards. ISO produces documents that define specifications, requirements, guidelines and quality marks, which ensure that materials, processes and services are fit for purpose. The ISO standard was developed after the Second World War in order to minimise national standards, thus creating global uniformity and clarity. ISO certification created a global consensus to ensure quality and safety.
The ISO 17712 was prepared by the Technical Committee ISO/TC 104 for freight containers and was revised in 2018. The ISO 17712 and the HACCP rules are the standard for safety seals. These seals can be of importance in the logistic processes of, for example, the medical, food or transport industry. Without the certification, it is impossible to transport outside the EU and the seals may not be suitable for your cargo
ISO15189 is an international standard for the accreditation of medical laboratories. This ISO certification is important for correct distribution in the pharmaceutical industry.
When you are dealing with the transportation of material classified UN3373, the packaging must comply with condition P650. The P650 packaging instructions indicate how a diagnostic sample should be transported.
Diagnostic samples are indicated by the UN3373 classifications. The UN3373 diagnostic samples are biological materials such as faeces, blood and blood components, tissues and fluids. The classification UN3373 indicates the type of diagnostic material in a package. There are two categories within the UN3373 classification:
UN3373 — Category A for non-contagious biological material
UN3373 — Category B for contagious biological material.