How DSV validated their GDP-compliant logistics center

Learn how DSV Sweden successfully validated their cutting-edge logistics center to demonstrate compliance with the requirements for storage of pharmaceuticals.

DSV is responsible for the distribution of pharmaceuticals for some of the biggest pharma companies in the world; thanks to innovative temperature compliance solutions and specialists, they can seamlessly showcase compliance with the strict requirements of these companies. Here is an example of how.

The challenge: Validating a new logistics facility

When handling logistics of pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive products, launching a new facility presents a double challenge:

  1. ensuring the facility can maintain the necessary conditions to secure the integrity of the products and compliance with relevant regulatory requirements.
  2. achieving this quickly to minimize downtime to get the facility into operation as fast as possible.

DSV Sweden faced this challenge when opening their new logistics center in Rosersberg, north of Stockholm, gathering the operations of DSV’s three divisions: DSV Solution, DSV Air & Sea, and DSV Road. Located strategically near airports, railways, and motorways, DSV built the center to enhance efficiency in pick-up and delivery times – crucial for maintaining the integrity of sensitive goods.

With this purpose in mind, the facility needed rapid, reliable temperature mapping to guarantee GxP compliance before becoming operational.

In other words, before DSV could utilize the new logistics center, they needed to ensure its ability to maintain precise temperature conditions, a requirement for the safe storage of temperature-sensitive products. The challenge was not just about proving the facility's functionality but doing so in a way that was both swift and compliant with GxP standards.

Also read: The steps to effective and reliable temperature mapping

The role of temperature mapping

Temperature mapping is crucial when storing products sensitive to temperature. A temperature mapping study can determine whether the temperature-controlled facility meets the criteria set by authorities and auditors and whether all locations in the room can be used for storing products. Therefore, not only guaranteeing GxP compliance but also ensuring the viability of the products in hand.

This task is especially important when the facility is used for the first time, as was the case with DSV Sweden’s new facility.

The solution: Efficient and reliable temperature mapping

DSV Sweden turned to Eupry, who specializes in automating and streamlining temperature compliance, to meet this challenge. The company offers different levels of mapping and validation services, monitoring, and calibration – all in one connected, digital solution.

For DSV Sweden, the solution included a full mapping service with hands-on help from Eupry’s validation specialists, specialized validation software, and rental of GxP-ready mapping probes.

The response times and availability from Eupry were very impressive. We have continuously been in contact with each other every step of the way. They helped us carry out various tests and assisted in interpreting the data – coming up with suggestions or feedback on whether the results were compatible with our requirements. It was undoubtedly a well-put partnership, says Joakim Sund, DSV Sweden.

Note: You can find the details of how the (remote or on-site) mapping service works in the free product catalog.

How it worked

A lengthy process turned quick, flexible, and easy

A traditional mapping process can be long and prone to errors; Eupry’s solution is developed to make this process as easy and time-optimized as possible.

The plan for the mapping study was designed according to our needs and installed with the help of the Eupry Quality team. Eupry was very professional and informative throughout the process, providing us with high-quality service, Joakim Sund, Quality Assurance Specialist at DSV Sweden.

Here is what it, in broad strokes, looked like for DSV Sweden’s case:

1. Uncovering the requirements

The process began with an in-depth analysis of DSV’s needs, the logistic center’s architecture, and the scope of the study. This was carried out by Eurpy’s validation team.

When we meet a new client, we always start the process by trying to understand the customer’s needs and familiarize ourselves with their regulatory requirements. We analyze this in concordance with what has been done previously in their area and our own experiences. Lastly, we design a solution that is both fully compliant and as cost-effective as possible.” Jakob Konradsen, Chief Quality Officer at Eupry.

2. Designing the study

Eupry’s validation specialists followed up on this discovery work by designing a mapping protocol tailored to the specific requirements. DSV reviewed and approved the plan.

"In the end, the organization is accountable for the choices that are made. We have enormous respect for this and always keep it in mind. Therefore, it is very important that the client understands – and is comfortable with – every step of the process: What must happen, when and why, and how much they should be involved. This can be regarding the small things, how many loggers need to be used and where should they be placed, to the bigger such as the final report analysis,” Jakob Konradsen explains.

3. Calibration of equipment

Before the study, all data loggers were calibrated to the relevant standards in Eupry’s ISO 17025-accredited laboratory.

4. Carrying out the study

The Eupry team delivered, installed, and uninstalled all equipment, filled out test plans, set up the software, etc., according to the protocol.

5. Processing data

In the end, Eupry’s validation experts processed and analyzed the data, developed the final report, and delivered it to the DSV team.

Adapting to unforeseen bumps on the road

As it often goes, the development of the facility hit a few unexpected roadblocks, which needed to be addressed in planning the temperature mapping:

We experienced the Eupry team to be very flexible and responsive. This was very much necessary and appreciated, as our construction schedule ran into quite a few unforeseen bumps along the way before we could finalize the date for the mapping study, says Joakim from DSV Sweden.

The mapping process is designed to be flexible, accommodating construction delays and other unforeseen challenges that can happen.

Jakob Konradsen, Chief Quality Officer at Eupry, explains: “We have experienced that it is the small things that contribute to the bigger picture. Sometimes unexpected things happen, especially during construction projects, which is why flexibility is something we put great value into.

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Which mapping equipment was used?

The equipment used for the study was Eupry’s own hardware and software, both designed for efficient temperature mapping and monitoring in GxP-regulated industries:

  • Wireless and calibrated data loggers: Validated and calibrated data loggers automatically transferred data to the (IT validated) validation software through Wi-Fi, making live calculations and tracking of the study a possibility.
  • Specialized validation software: Everything happens in the software. The study is planned and tracked live, test plans are created, non-conformities are registered, findings are analyzed, and reports are generated – all in minimum time.

Find the technical details of the equipment in the free product catalog.

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The results

The mapping process for DSV Sweden’s new logistics center was not just about compliance but also about making it as time- and resource-efficient as possible to minimize the time that went by before the center was taken into use.

The result was a facility fully compliant with GxP standards, ready to store and transport temperature-sensitive goods safely.

About DSV Sweden

DSV is a key player in the global logistics sector, offering comprehensive solutions that include transport and warehousing for temperature-sensitive products.

DSV Sweden is a subsidiary of the global transport and logistics giant DSV, which has been headquartered in Denmark since 1976.

Note: Several DSV subsidiaries are utilizing Eupry’s mapping and monitoring solution, such as DSV Denmark and the UK. Learn more about how it works in the product catalog, or book a talk with one of our specialists today.

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Are you a subcontractor to big logistics firms or directly serving pharma clients? Eupry's temperature mapping solutions offer swift and efficient truck validation.

  • Swift and GDP-compliant mapping process
  • Wi-Fi-based monitoring for real-time insights
  • Easily installed equipment and 4G router available

3 temperature mapping solution price packages for logistics

Whether you are doing a one-time mapping or looking for an efficient, easily repeatable solution, we have got you covered with 3 tailored packages.

1. Short-term mapping equipment rental

Ideal if you need to conduct a one-off mapping – and want to perform the study yourself.

The package includes:

  • Short-term rental of GDP-compliant equipment (3-4 months)
  • Accredited/traceable start calibration of mapping sensors
  • Access to specialized validation software for swift planning and reporting
  • Remote support from our validation specialists

Optional add-ons:

  • Tailored protocol/protocol template
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Custom mapping report/report template

Pricing example: From $1,600 for a package that includes 10 traceable, start-calibrated sensors, access to validation software, and one 4G router.

2. Long-term mapping equipment rental

Suitable if you have a continuous need for mapping new vehicles and want to conduct the temperature mappings internally.

This package contains:

  • Long-term rental of GDP-compliant mapping equipment (1-2 years)
  • Accredited/traceable start calibration of mapping sensors
  • Access to specialized validation software for swift planning and reporting
  • 1 x protocol template (can be used as a template for later studies)
  • Remote support from our validation specialists

Optional add-ons:

  • Tailored protocol
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Custom mapping report/report template

Pricing example: From $2,500 for a package that includes 10 traceable, start-calibrated sensors, access to validation software, and one 4G router.

3. Full on-site mapping service

The ultimate solution if you need to meet requirements quickly. In this package, our team of validation professionals handles every step of the mapping process for you – planning, installment, and reporting.

This package includes:

  • Rental mapping equipment for the project duration
  • Accredited start and exit calibration of mapping sensors
  • Complete protocol generation
  • Executing the study in your location*
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Full report generation
  • This solution can also be completed remotely.

Pricing example:

  • Rental of equipment: $2,000 (covers a standard truck/trailer)
  • On-site validation engineer: $5,000 (covers up to four vehicles, afterward $500 per additional unit)
  • Complete protocol and report: Included.

3 ways to learn more about mapping

1. Get your warehouse mapping guide

1. Get your warehouse mapping guide

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2. Get a mapping solution catalog

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Uncomplicate your temperature mappings with digital reporting, GxP-compliant equipment, and validation experts on call. Dive into Eupry’s mapping solution in our solution catalog.

3. Talk to a mapping specialist

3. Talk to a mapping specialist

Have a talk with one of our validation specialists to help clarify your mapping needs and how Eupry’s mapping solution and kit can be tailored to your needs.