Sourcing, manufacturing and supply chain

UCB is committed to fostering ethical and responsible practices in our supply chain, while ensuring that our sourcing, manufacturing and supplier relationships and partnerships deliver growth and competitive advantages.

A comprehensive global network ensures the adequate supply of quality medical products that are important for persons living with severe chronic diseases. The supply chain is a functionally organized entity with strong centralized governance and with direct links with UCB’s departments, related product-franchises as with commercial geographies.

The key value in the manufacturing, supply and purchasing departments is an effective governance of the external network of suppliers, contract manufacturing organizations (CMO), contract laboratories, carriers, third-party logistics and commercial distributors, whereby risk management is a major component.

The supply chain at a glance
The supply chain at a glance (graphic)The supply chain at a glance (graphic)

Colleagues of the purchasing department operate in 19 countries overlooking 20 295 different suppliers, predominantly in eight countries, i.e., Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.

The Supply Chain Security Council overlooks the responsible supply chain management and holds manufacturing and supply partners to high quality standards. The Council reviews product and supply chain security and enforces UCB’s global anti-counterfeiting strategy to ensure the patient’s and public health. The cross-functional team is also responsible to detect, mitigate, address and prevent risks originating from potential adulteration, theft, counterfeit or diversion of products that may threaten patient safety.

UCB applies similar standards for quality and effectiveness to technically complex formulations and specific packaging produced in our own global manufacturing and in our contract manufacturing organizations. The supply management involves adequate supply chain planning, inventory and transportation/delivery management, temperature control management, logistics service providers and logistics security, environmental health and safety, dangerous goods compliance and global trade management.

Through the serialization program an additional control and authentication across the supply chain is guaranteed while our trade programs manage partnerships with our distributors to help protect our medicines and to ensure integrity of those medicines up to the patient.