Multichem Sourcing celebrates SAHPRA certification

By Abby Vorster

SAHPRA has awarded Multichem Sourcing a license to source and import APIs for the South African pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

Multichem Sourcing managing director, Natalie Gerhardt

Multichem Sourcing has leveraged more than 30 years of experience and longstanding industry relationships to become one of only two South African enterprises to have attained the necessary licences from the South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) to import, store and distribute Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). While this was gazetted as a requirement in 2017, enforcement only began in 2021.

The specialist chemical sourcing company is extremely proud to have been a pioneer in this entirely new realm of licensing. In addition to holding the requisite SAHPRA licence, Multichem Sourcing is also registered as a pharmacy by the South African Pharmaceutical Association. Following the SAHPRA certification, the company has fully embraced all aspects of the approved workflow including implementing a formalised Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) supplier verification procedure, as well as following Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines. This in turn enables the business to ensure supply chain integrity, including managing environmental factors and eliminating counterfeiting risks, guaranteeing that all its APIs are of the highest quality.

Traceable quality ingredients

Partnering with Multichem Sourcing offers multiple proven advantages for pharmaceutical manufacturers and compounding pharmacies. These include:

  • absolute confidence in the chain of custody
  • consistent quality
  • time savings achieved through outsourcing the procurement process
  • fully transparent track and trace functionality.

The integrity, quality and quantity of all ingredients sourced by Multichem Sourcing is warranted for complete peace of mind. The company is well versed in the complexities of the pharmaceutical registration process and can assist customers with navigating this multifaceted maze by supplying not only the product itself, but also an entire end-to-end product solution. “Quality and cost are critical for us,” comments Hannes Malan from Chemical Process Technologies, a manufacturer of fine chemicals including APIs. “Our success as a fine chemical manufacturer in Africa depends on having the correct quality starting materials at competitive prices. It is essential that we have a sourcing partner such as Multichem Sourcing to achieve these objectives.”

A trusted partner

Multichem Sourcing works with verified suppliers only to ensure quality control. In many cases, it has worked with the same suppliers from long before the SAHPRA regulations were first implemented. Its broad network of suppliers is each customer’s best assurance of the availability and quality of the APIs they require. Multichem Sourcing also offers the flexibility that comes with being able to order any quantity, no matter how specific.

With a customer-centric approach, the company focuses firmly on meeting the required specifications of its customers, no matter how stringent or exacting. Its full recourse guarantee offers an additional layer of reassurance.

“We’ve never looked back since choosing Multichem Sourcing as our sourcing partner,” says Quintin Verloop of Lycoderm Compounding Pharmacy. “They share our absolute commitment to quality and safety, and their extremely flexible approach means that we can custom prepare medication to suit every patient’s need.”

“While we are a forward-looking company, we are proud to continue to build on the legacy created by our late founder, Les Williamson,” explains Multichem Sourcing managing director, Natalie Gerhardt. “Les was an incredible visionary and mentor, and we are committed to deepening our understanding of our customers’ challenges when it comes to supplier identification and onboarding as we honour his memory.”

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