If your business deals with fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), logistics is going to be a major hurdle for you. Hopefully once you’re at the point of starting up, or you’ve already started trading, you’ll have a system in place to ensure you can handle deliveries, transportation and storage for perishable products, whether you’re dealing with food, drinks, medication or other kinds of FMCGs.
In fact, if you handle medication as part of your business operations, these may also be subject to Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regulations. Balancing all these requirements to set up FMCG warehousing and MHRA approved distribution that works for your business model can be difficult, but it’s vital that you work on this if you intend to succeed in your chosen niche in the long term.
In terms of government guidelines, much of what you need to bear in mind comes under GMP (good manufacturing practice) guidelines. These are especially relevant to medical suppliers. GMP guidelines apply to the products themselves, ensuring they are high quality and suitable for what their intended purpose is. Meanwhile, GDP (good distribution practices) policies cover the requirements for safe and appropriate transport and storage of these products.
Licence-holding manufacturers, wholesalers and other organisations may be subject to these guidelines and the MHRA is responsible for enforcing them. They can carry out spot checks to identify any failure to comply on the part of businesses. After an initial inspection, a risk assessment will be completed which determines how often you would be subject to regular checks. You can read more about the policies and find documentation to help businesses on the government’s website.
It might be challenging for a business in a fast-paced industry to put systems in place that ensure compliance with rules like these, but the potential consequences of being found in violation of any guidelines should be enough to prompt action. It’s vital that you make sure you’re familiar with all the relevant details of government guidelines before you start running any business based around manufacturing, storage and distribution.