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March 11, 2020

GDP Training

Good distribution practice (GDP) describes the minimum standards that a wholesale distributor must meet to ensure that the quality and integrity of medicines is maintained throughout the supply chain.

The minimum standards for GDP are increasing all the time. This year, Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices (MDR) becomes fully applicable on the 26th of May. Find out more about this HERE.

We are delighted to be teaming up with the Irish Exporters Association to deliver one of the most comprehensive suites of GDP training in Ireland. We want to ensure that businesses, for whom GDP is relevant, are fully trained and compliant in this area.

The GDP Passport is an IEA solution to the EU regulation to help ensure the safe handling, security and quality of medical products is maintained throughout the supply chain.



The Good Distribution Practice Passport plays a key role in assuring the quality of the supply chain and distribution of pharmaceutical and medical devices products. The Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Passport by the Irish Exporters Association is the first of its kind and ensures compliance and safety throughout the whole supply chain.

Manufacturers can then ensure that pharmaceutical and medical devices products are transported, stored and handled according to the GMP and GDP regulations and guidelines by dealing with GDP Passport holders.

The Code is focused on providing training courses to all levels of personnel involved in the supply chain. The key to success is the full suite of standardised and certified training which is to be undertaken by all those engaged either directly by the manufacturer or indirectly by the Service Provider.



CILT Skillnet offer subsidised training programmes enabling businesses to meet the training requirements for the GDP Passport.


GDP Champion

This is a 3-day classroom-based course.

Subsidised Cost: €1,500

The GDP Champion is the key contact point on all compliance and quality aspects of GDP practices along the supply chain.

Increasing demand from industry and evolving EU Guidelines for Good Distribution Practice has brought GPD to the forefront of Pharma, MedTech and Logistics operations.

This course covers the practical implementation of GDP in the Supply Chain.


GDP Operations

This is an online course that can be undertaken at any time.

Subsidised Cost: €115

This is a 1.5 hours online course that helps managers, office or warehouse staff develop a basic awareness of the principles of GDP. It’s divided into 4 sections and there is a short quiz at the end of each section.

For key personnel involved in:

>   Supply chain activities

>   Warehousing/facility

>   Handling or managing medicinal products


GDP Drivers

This is an online course that can be undertaken at any time.

Subsidised Cost: €75

The purpose of this 2 hour course is to give drivers an appreciation of the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) in relation to how Pharmaceutical Materials, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients / Products, Medical Devices & Diagnostics should be collected / delivered correctly to ensure full compliance and that quality is assured to patients safety is secure right along the supply chain.

This course is for drivers who collect, transport and deliver Pharmaceutical or Medical Products.


In addition to the training requirements, an audit of the premises is conducted to ensure procedures are in place to meet the requirements of the GDP Passport Scheme by an IEA Life Sciences Auditor.


Contact us at [email protected] for more information.


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