Inshoring Strategy

Inshoring Strategy

As with many industries these days, pharmaceutical manufacturers are now reevaluating the structure of their manufacturing operations. A specific focus area is whether returning some or all production processes to American shores (inshoring) is a more practical and cost-effective alternative to the offshoring trend that’s been prevalent for several decades. 


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Factors That Impact the Inshoring/Off-Shoring Decision


Examples of crucial considerations when in-shoring pharma include:




If yours is like many pharma operations, you chose to outsource due to the lower production and labor costs available overseas. If it’s been a while since you’ve compared manufacturing abroad vs. at home, consider conducting a comprehensive cost analysis. You might be surprised to learn that you can now produce a pharma product in the U.S. more cheaply than before. In some cases, the costs are now nearly as low as in China.


Suppose your manufacturing cost analysis yields favorable results and you determine to move forward with in-shoring. The next step is to decide the type of manufacturing facility that makes the most sense for your operation. Specifically, you should determine whether a brownfield (existing) or greenfield (brand-new) site is the better option. 




If you’re evaluating an existing structure, take a look at the current equipment and technology. Are they compatible with your projects’ demands? If not, can you make cost-effective upgrades or modifications to bring them up to speed? If these hurdles are prohibitive, building a greenfield facility will likely provide a more practical and affordable long-term solution. 


A greenfield site enables you to customize your manufacturing processes more effectively since you are building and equipping the facility from scratch. On the downside, the costs of a new building, compatible machinery, and hiring and training fresh personnel may not be affordable for some pharma operations. And constructing a new facility from the ground up takes time — a commodity that’s often in short supply in today’s ultra-competitive pharma industry. 


Supply Chain


Supply chain access is another vital factor when in-shoring pharma operations. Given that many of the raw materials and ingredients used to manufacture pharma products and medical devices come from outside the U.S., finding acceptable substitutes at home can pose a challenge. If you must import them, you’ll need to consider the added transportation and costs of these components.


You’ll also need to account for all applicable supply chain qualifications. For instance, if you’re partnering with new suppliers, you must ensure they meet your company’s unique qualification and quality criteria. Transportation concerns are another issue to evaluate. Will you be able to get the materials to your facility reliably on time to accommodate your production schedules? You’ll need to implement a qualified transportation system for certain essential ingredients and finished goods. 




From a business/operational perspective, consider how in-shoring pharma will impact your personnel. For instance, if you decide to move into an existing facility, determine if there will be sufficient space for your workers and any new equipment you add. Also, can the facility accommodate essential areas such as clean rooms, warehousing, waste treatment systems, and cold storage spaces?


If you’re relying on outdated technology systems, you’ll likely need to make upgrades to meet the changes in demand. Examples of systems that require careful evaluation include ERP, CAPA management, and eDoc, to name a few. 


About RCA’s Pharmaceutical Consulting Services 


Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA) has helped thousands of pharmaceutical companies meet regulatory, compliance, quality assurance, and remediation challenges. With more than 20 years of experience with FDA, Health Canada, EU and global regulatory agencies worldwide, Regulatory Compliance Associates® offers leading pharmaceutical consultants. We’re one of the few pharma consulting companies that can help you navigate the challenges associated with industry regulations.


Our pharmaceutical consulting firm includes over 500 seasoned FDA, Health Canada & EU compliance consultants and regulatory affairs experts who understand industry complexities. It’s a pharma consultancy founded by regulatory compliance executives from the pharmaceutical industry. Every pharmaceutical industry consultant on the Regulatory Compliance Associates team knows the unique inner workings of the regulatory process. 


Client Solutions


Whether you’re in the product planning, development or pharmaceutical lifecycle management stage or need a remediation strategy for a compliance crisis, Regulatory Compliance Associates will guide you through every pharmaceutical consulting step of the regulatory process and create a customized approach depending on your product and your pharma company’s individual needs. Our regulatory compliance clients include:


  • Companies new to FDA, Health Canada or EU regulations and regulatory compliance
  • Start-up organizations with novel submissions to 510(k) submissions from multi-national corporations
  • Investment firms seeking private equity due diligence for pre-acquisition and post-deal research
  • Law firms seeking pharmaceutical consulting firm expertise in the remediation of warning letters, consent decrees, 483’s or import bans


Regulatory Affairs


Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates backbone. We exceed other pharma consulting companies with industry experts experienced in complexities of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Our pharma consulting expertise spans all facets and levels of Regulatory Affairs, from Regulatory Support for New Products to Life Cycle Management, to other services like Outsourced Regulatory Affairs, Submissions, Training, and more.


As your partner, we can negotiate the potential assessment minefield of regulatory compliance services with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our breadth and depth of knowledge and regulatory compliance consulting. We offer the following pharma consulting regulatory affairs services for pharmaceutical companies.


  • New Product Support
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Other Regulatory Services
  • Combination Products


Compliance Assurance


The regulations process surrounding pharmaceutical companies can be tricky for even the most experienced industry veteran to understand. Just one misstep could mean significant and lasting consequences for your business. At Regulatory Compliance Associates, we offer the pharma consulting experience and pharma consultants necessary to guide you through the quality compliance process.


  • Assessments
  • Audits
  • Regulatory Agency Response
  • Preparation and Training
  • Inspection Readiness
  • Data Integrity


Quality Assurance


Regulatory Compliance Associates Quality consulting includes assessments, strategy, implementations, staff augmentations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement. Our pharma consultants understand the strategic thinking needed to align your business needs and goals. Regulatory Compliance Associates quality assurance services include quality experts with experience spanning major corporations and start-ups. Our pharmaceutical consulting firm knows firsthand how to achieve, maintain, and improve quality, and we excel in transferring pharma consulting knowledge to your organization.


  • 21 CFR Part 11
  • Data Integrity
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Facility Support
  • Quality Metrics


Remediation Services 


Regulatory Compliance Associates has a proven remediation services approach to managing FDA Warning Letters, Consent Decrees, Remediation and other serious regulatory situations. Our pharma consultants know how to partner with executive, legal, and communication teams. Each RCA pharma consulting Expert will develop a response that will be accepted by the regulatory agency and be realistic to execute.


Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma regulatory consultants will develop a comprehensive proof book of documented evidence demonstrating the corrective action taken to remediate non-compliant issues. In addition, each Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma consulting Expert understands compliance enforcement. We’ll prepare a comprehensive pharma consulting strategy to assist in your remediation efforts, drive continuous improvement, and maintain regulatory compliance with the regulations.


  • Regulatory Action
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Warning Letter
  • 483 Observation
  • Oversight Services
  • Risk Management Plan


About Regulatory Compliance Associates


pharmaceutical consultantsRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides pharmaceutical consulting to the following industries for resolution of life science challenges:



We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA, Health Canada, MHRA and globally-regulated companies.


As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and regulatory due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.


  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (USA)
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021


About Sotera Health


The name Sotera Health was inspired by Soteria, the Greek goddess of safety, and reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to its mission, Safeguarding Global Health®.


Sotera Health Company, along with its three best-in-class businesses – Sterigenics®Nordion® and Nelson Labs®, is a leading global provider of mission-critical end-to-end sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services for the healthcare industry. With a combined tenure across our businesses of nearly 200 years and our industry-recognized scientific and technological expertise, we help to ensure the safety of over 190 million patients and healthcare practitioners around the world every year.


We are a trusted partner to 5,800+ customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.


Commitment to Quality


Our Certificate of Registration demonstrates that our Quality Management System meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, an internationally recognized standard of quality.


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