RFID in the Healthcare Supply Chain and Cold Chain


This is second in a series of four eLearning workshops on the use of RFID across the end-to-end Life Sciences and Healthcare industries. As a pre-requisite for this workshop, the user should have foundational knowledge of RFID and its use in healthcare, which can be obtained by attending the first eLearning workshop “RFID in Healthcare and Life Sciences”.


Who should attend RFID in the Healthcare Supply Chain and Cold Chain?

  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech manufacturers
  • RFID Vendors – wireless technology providers, middleware vendors
  • Software/Solution Providers – across the medical spectrum
  • Cold Chain Product and Service providers
  • Transportation and Storage Service Providers
  • Government, Policy and Trade Associations


The healthcare industry provides an environment in which RFID can be used to gather better and timelier information – of value to manufacturers of key products and providers of healthcare services. The pharmaceutical industry, victim to counterfeiting, product diversion and other issues that challenge the credibility of their supply chain, has embraced RFID and related technologies, in order to manage and monitor the movement of products throughout the chain of custody.

The pharmaceutical and medical device supply chain includes many players, all of whom are responsible for maintaining a detailed record of each activity – enabling an electronic audit trail – or e-pedigree across the many activities that take place from product creation to consumption.

This workshop will explore in more detail how the combination of RFID and network technologies can be utilized to provide better management and control across the Manufacturing and Distribution Process, toinclude the following areas:


  • Review of the Principles of RFID
  • Key Issues in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
  • The use of RFID to manage “extreme” situations – including Cold Chain requirements
  • Getting Started – things to consider

During this 90 minute workshop participants will obtain an understanding of the following:


  • Total chain of custody control
    • Inbound Raw material tracking
    • WIP tracking
    • Packaging and labeling


  • Total chain of custody control
    • Outbound to distribution center
    • Outbound to wholesaler
    • Tracking and tracing within storage environment
    • Outbound to providers – hospitals/pharmacy, other
  • Issues and areas of focus
    • Batch control/expiration monitoring
    • Product recall
    • Anti-diversion
    • Anti-counterfeit
    • Chain of custody and e-pedigree monitoring
  • Cold Chain – Product Protection and monitoring

Getting Started – things to consider

  • Evaluate environment/players/ risks and benefits
  • Identify system requirements – current and future information system interface points
  • Lifecycle management issues – data required/time to retain/associated data systems
  • Detailed planning – tags, readers, frequencies, middleware and data requirements
  • Carrier systems
  • Forwarder/broker systems
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Packaging systems and data capture
  • Labeling and special handling requirements
    • Hazardous
    • Cold Chain
    • Other
  • Warehouse management and control systems
  • Transportation planning and execution systems
  • Retail and related systems
  • Education and change management – prior to implementation as well as post implementation

This is the second workshop in a series of four. The first session provides a high level overview of the use of RFID in the Lifesciences Industry, while the following workshops review each of the following processes in more depth – Clinical Environment and Pharmaceutical Discovery.

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