MHRA Compliant Thermal Imaging Mapping
Thermal imaging mapping, otherwise known as thermographic mapping, can help distributors maintain the quality of medicinal products which they handle and thus contribute to the safety and effectiveness of medicines and the well-being of patients.
Inspectors can use our thermographic maps or thermal imaging maps when assessing the arrangements of manufacturers and wholesalers with regard to their professionalism and appropriateness of storage.
Mapping your facility can help ensure that your Cold Chain is maintained and help you ensure that you can keep regulated your Mean Kinetic Temperature. Good warehousing and distribution practice requires that warehouse temperatures are controlled and monitored and that appropriate action is taken if temperatures exceed the storage conditions stated on product labels. It is not unusual to find that warehouse temperatures exceed the recommended maximum storage temperature of 25C occasionally during summer months, even in those warehouses which have sophisticated building management systems. Thermal imaging mapping can locate areas of missing or slipped insulation on/ in the unit, and can locate the cause of drafts and sitting cold, as well as leaks, and even hot spots caused by friction or heating pipes within walls. All of the latter can contribute to regulatory problems if not known about and resolved!
MHRA Humidity Assessment During Thermal Imaging Mapping
Given that adequate protection is afforded by primary packaging materials, the effects of high relative humidity on the stability of medicinal products during storage and distribution is10 relatively insignificant.
However, humidity can have a deleterious effect on the strength of secondary cardboard packaging. Cartons stacked in environments where the RH is high (such as in cold stores or in refrigerated transport) may become softened and collapse, exposing their contents to risk of damage from physical shock. Where products are required to be stored under specified conditions, relative humidity must be monitored and recorded. Building Response Ltd can provide a monitoring service, monitoring equipment, and certification of dryness in accordance with IICRC S500.