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Supply Chain Collaboration With Regulatory Affairs Reduces Supply Chain Complexity and Risk

Published: 28 January 2014

ID: G00255809

Analyst(s): Ray Barger Jr, Andrew Stevens , Todd Applebaum


As country-level agencies issue regulations and increase enforcement, manufacturing and compliance become more complex for manufacturers. Supply chain leaders must collaborate with their regulatory affairs groups to assess pending and new regulations and changes, and to reduce and manage complexity.

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Impacts and Recommendations

  • Country-level regulatory agencies are issuing more regulations and increasing enforcement, which increases the supply chain complexity and compliance burden for manufacturers
  • Manufacturers' regulatory compliance failures can be especially severe, involve fines and result in postponing NPIs, causing supply chain disruptions, delays and product expiry, and prompting market recalls
  • Regulatory affairs' strategies and decisions often occur with little involvement or even awareness of supply chain organizations, resulting in missed opportunities to collaborate, assess constraints and make trade-offs to mitigate supply chain complexity and risk

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