Majority of Industry Using Passive Thermal Containers to Ship Controlled-Room-Temperature Pharmaceutical Products

By July 25, 2016Tower

READING, UK Jul. 25, 2016 – TOWER Cold Chain Solutions carries out industry-wide research to determine how the pharmaceutical temperature-controlled supply-chain industry is managing its controlled-room-temperature shipment strategy three years on from EU GDP guideline reforms

The European Union published updated regulatory guidance for Good Distribution Practice in March 2013, of which the biggest change was to require temperature data and auditing of ‘ambient’ or ‘controlled-room-temperature’ (CRT) product shipments. This came as an unprecedented change to the industry, with these products previously being assumed safe without the need for monitoring.

The guidelines affected a significant proportion of the industry and TOWER’s recent researchprogramme shows that almost half of the industry’s shipments are at least 50% CRT products. 13% of the industry actually deals only with CRT shipments.

The results are presented in the form of an easily digestible infographic, which illustrates that the average value of these CRT shipments is $10.4m and that the most widely used method of temperature control is a passive container. This solution provides a balance of robust thermal protection and cost efficiency.

Chris Pollard, CEO of TOWER Cold Chain Solutions, comments “The findings of our research are very much in line with our expectations: our KryoTrans range of KTM passive pallet shippers has been designed with the EU GDP guidelines very much in mind, with a powerful CRT solution supported by our hubs in Europe and the US. This sector is expected to show significant year-on-year growth over the coming years, and TOWER is well placed to support the developing needs of its customers”.

The KryoTrans® range of passive containers from TOWER Cold Chain Solutions offers thermal protection for CRT products for a minimum of 120 hours. The KryoTrans range is not only flexible but extremely robust and based on a passive system that effectively eliminates any risk of human error once conditioned to the required temperature.

About TOWER Cold Chain Solutions

TOWER provides a rental infrastructure to support the global use of KryoTrans containers, with five hubs adding to the flexibility of the service. TOWER is based in Theale, in the UK, 30 minutes west of London Heathrow, its UK hub: other hubs are situated in San Francisco; New York; Amsterdam; Brussels and Frankfurt and these facilities link into TOWER’s repositioning service, a DHL-operated global system