When thinking of the pharmaceutical industry a lot comes to mind. Top of the list is safety, all the way down the line, from the ingredients themselves to the manufacturing process. How often, though, do you think about the pallets that are used to ship them to their final destination? Do you know what makes the best pharmaceutical pallet?
Generally, when talking pallets, one thinks right away of the wooden pallet. Crafty people might think about how they can paint a flag on it and use it for home décor. When talking about them in a business setting, though, they aren’t thought of as the most pristine, cleanest part of the logistics cycle. That is, if they are thought of at all.
ISPM 15 Regulations
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has a lot to say about that. To address this very issue, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) international treaty was signed in 1951. It is a multilateral treaty overseen by the FAO, focused on eliminating the spread of potential pests and diseases that can affect plants and plant products.
However, the FAO believed they needed to go farther, so more than 100 countries who are members of the IPPC worked together and developed the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15 regulations that were implemented in March of 2004.
ISPM 15 regulations require all wood packaging materials, including pallets, meet specific certification requirements in order to be shipped internationally. The process requires all non-manufactured wood packaging materials designated for export, including pallets, be either heat treated or fumigated.
Plastic Pallets, of Course
Plastic pallets, due to their composition and inability to host pests, are exempt from ISPM 15 regulations. Not only are they lighter, longer lasting, and easier to store, they are hygienic, can be easily sanitized, and have become the darling of drug manufacturers and other companies with similar requirements.
Plastic pallets help these companies achieve goals by meeting key requirements for both food and pharmaceutical industry standards. This means they maintain sanitary conditions and are immune to contamination. This is possible because they are non-absorbent, very easily sanitized, and fit perfectly with each company’s need to move goods efficiently.
Another feature of the plastic pallet is the ability to easily include RFID tracking capabilities, so you know where your product is every step of the way.
Plastic pallets also keep overhead costs down thanks to a lifespan of 10 years or 250 trips, well above the 5-6 trips a wood pallet will see during its life. You can feel good about helping the environment when you use plastic pallets, knowing they are made from recycled materials. When you are done with them, you can utilize our buy-back program so the materials can be recycled once again.
Let us be Your Ally
Plastic Pallet Pros are here to be your ally in a world where safety regulations seem to get updated often. Let us help you select the proper pallet for your logistic needs and, who knows, maybe the moves you make today will help future-proof your tomorrows.