Good Storage Practice is part of quality assurance that describes the proper storage conditions that must be kept in order to maintain the quality of pharmaceutical and medicinal products
As part of the supply chain, which include manufactured products storage and transportation, multiple risks are involved which include mix-ups, contamination and cross – contamination. The multi stage risks can be managed by assimilation of GMP principles.
The following guidelines must be met. Storage areas shall be suitably secured, structurally sound and with a sufficient capacity to allow for safe storage and handling. Storage areas shall be provided with adequate lighting and climatic conditions and prevention of unauthorized persons from entering storage areas.
Defined segregated areas and software management will be performed according to product status of the products. Storage areas should be clean and dry with temperature and humidity control. Pharmaceutical products shall be stored off the floor. Proper documentation of stock quantities and products expiration date. Products should be appropriately rotated.
In most of the cases, “first expired/first out” (FEFO) principle should be followed. Additional regulation guidelines in World Health Organization (QHO) Annex 9 Guide to good storage practices for pharmaceuticals.