With stringent requirements within bioproduction, it’s important to have all your ducks in a row.This ensures operational efficiency, increased productivity, mitigate risk, and helps manage costs within production. Here’s a checklist to ensure you are vetting and working with the suppliers that fit your needs:
Maximum lot sizes: Ensuring that you have the maximum lot sizes can help you manage costs with in your supply chain, while also ensuring you have the right product when you need it. Once you have established a proven lot history with a reliable supply chain, quality is more likely to put this supplier on a reduced testing protocol. This can reduce overall testing costs. By optimizing lot sizes for raw materials, this reduces the amount of sampling events over the course of production campaigns.
Management of change: When it comes to a production environment, management of change (MOC) is vital to the production space. When working with multiple suppliers this can become burdensome to manage and monitor. Establishing key quality agreements with your strategic partners will ensure consistency.
Ongoing informational support: When working with suppliers, you want to make sure you get ongoing support beyond help in buying the product. Within this industry, there are dynamic changes to constantly changing regulatory bodies that it’s important to have a subject matter expert to lean on for the products that you are buying.
Trust: This might seem like a no brainer to have trust with a supplier. However, there are many instances where lack of trust and visibility can cause frustrations and delays. Selecting an ongoing relationship with a supplier that you trust is key for success.