For industries ranging from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals, finding a reliable FDA registered warehousing and order fulfillment partner is essential to putting top-quality products in customers’ hands. When considering an FDA registered warehousing partner, keep in mind your industry-specific needs, and ensure your FDA compliant warehousing partner is ready to meet them.
What to look for in an FDA registered warehouse and order fulfillment partner
Your ideal FDA registered warehousing and order fulfillment partner may vary depending on your industry. The best third-party warehouse for pharmaceutical products may not be the same for foodservice products. Be sure to communicate with your prospective FDA registered warehousing partner to ensure that they meet both the FDA’s requirements and the specific needs of your business.
All FDA registered warehouses must undergo routine FDA inspection, be capable of executing any product recalls, and maintain a detailed incident prevention plan. Additionally, registered warehouses follow the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) as defined by the FDA.
To gauge whether your prospective FDA registered warehousing partner is right for your product, ask about their expertise and experience in warehousing FDA regulated products similar to yours. If the warehouse already stores and fulfills similar products, it may be a good match for your product.
While taking a warehouse walkthrough tour, keep in mind the FDA registered warehousing needs most relevant to your product.
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FDA registered warehouse capabilities you should know
Sanitation and safety
Maintaining a clean and safe environment is essential for an FDA registered warehouse. Review your prospective partner’s pest control and cleaning procedures to ensure they meet and exceed your needs. Oftentimes, a walk of the warehouse perimeter will show whether the warehouse has become a target for rodents and pests.
A tour inside the warehouse will help guide your decision, too. Are products properly shelved and labelled? An orderly warehouse is more easily maintained.
An accurate labeling system is an absolute requirement for your FDA registered warehousing partner. Labels include important storage information, like temperature requirements, batch numbers, and expiry dates. Accurate labels help ensure that your products are following the “first in, first out” procedures required by the FDA.
For some pharmaceuticals and medical devices, labeling ensures clear chain-of-custody documentation as required by the FDA. When choosing your FDA registered warehousing partner, make sure you ask how their labeling system will help top-quality products reach your customers.
Lot control systems
Similar to labeling systems, lot control systems bring order and predictability to a warehouse full of an array of products. Lot control systems separate different brands, products, and batches from one another. For FDA regulated products, an effective lot control system will help mitigate the costs of potential quarantines and recalls. Ask your prospective FDA registered warehousing partner about their reverse logistics systems.
Receiving and dispatch
Your FDA registered warehousing partner should protect the quality of your product throughout the receiving and dispatching processes. Ask your prospective partner about how they protect inventory from the elements at their receiving and dispatch docks.
Warehouses and order fulfillment centers registered with the FDA must be clean, dry, and adaptable to the specific climate conditions required by the products it stores. Temperature and relative humidity records should be maintained for review. Ask your prospective FDA registered warehousing partner about their climate-control capabilities.
Medical device classifications
If you’re seeking a fulfillment warehouse for medical devices, ensure your prospective FDA registered warehousing partner is certified to handle Class I and Class II medical devices. Class II medical devices require additional labeling and tracking, so double check that your prospective warehousing partner’s labeling, lot control, and inventory management systems are up to snuff.
For highly regulated products, like pharmaceuticals, FDA registered warehouses will often comply with additional regulations enforced by the DEA. Proper security, including locks, alarms, and perimeter fencing, is common at many warehouses. Depending on the scheduling of a pharmaceutical, there may be additional personnel and secured storage areas required to store the drug. Ask your prospective FDA registered warehouse partner about their security protocols.
A capable FDA registered warehousing partner will employ and train excellent personnel. All warehouse workers should be trained in good storage regulations and procedures, and they should be properly equipped with sanitary wear appropriate for the products they’re handling.
FIDELITONE: FDA Registered 3PL Partner
FIDELITONE’s national network of FDA registered order fulfillment warehouses offer 1-2 day fulfillment to 98% of the population. With accurate inventory control systems and trained personnel FIDELITONE is a reliable FDA registered 3PL partner for food-grade warehousing, nutraceutical warehousing, medical device fulfillment, and more.
Doug Lindsay, FIDELITONE’s Corporate Compliance and Safety Manager, is responsible for maintaining current good manufacturing practices across FIDELITONE facilities. He ensures that FIDELITONE personnel and facilities are prepared to store, fulfill, and deliver your high-quality products.
“We strive to meet and exceed the highest standards of quality in FDA regulated warehousing,” says Doug. “We don’t just stop at the requirements set by the FDA. Our clients expect more—and we deliver more.”
Need help reducing costly waste from expiring inventory, ensuring maximum product performance and gaining the competitive advantage you need to maximize your profits? Contact us online or call (800) 475-0917 to ask about our FDA registered warehousing capabilities.