Bringing More Control To Temperature-Sensitive LogisticsSource: UPS Healthcare
Industry experts are recommending that the term “cold chain” be eliminated from rules, guidance and best-practice documents. “Cold chain” now includes a broader spectrum of temperature ranges, such as controlled room temperature (CRT).
Not long ago, CRT, ambient and room temperature products were synonymous and considered by many to not require thermal protection. CRT products, however, do require temperature control protection as they move through the supply chain. There is, however, currently no industry-defined temperature standard for CRT transportation. And there are few guidelines for packaging and protecting CRT products. Some product labels for example recommend 15-30ºC, while others state 20-25ºC.
The transportation of temperature-sensitive medical products via general cargo may no longer meet future regulatory environments.