COVID-19 PAndemic update

UPDATED 17 MARCH 2020

CCPS and our supply partners are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic globally. As the situation continues to evolve, our priority remains the safety of our clients, your patients and our employees.  We are committed to ensuring continued support for the programs that you entrust us to manage.

CCPS understands that the current uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic is cause for concern. To help mitigate risk, CCPS has created a COVID-19 Steering Committee to ensure timely action and client communications.

Our Steering Committee is following the guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the UK National Health Service (NHS), and other local Health Authorities.

As of now, CCPS is not experiencing any disruptions to our procurement or distribution supply chains. However, we would like to assure our clients that CCPS has a Business Continuity Plan in place, and we are prepared to implement if conditions worsen.

CCPS remains committed to supporting our clients and your patients. During this challenging time, you can count on CCPS to work as your partner, continuing to deliver exceptional service and flexibility around any changes in direction with your projects.

Below, CCPS has created a list of FAQs to address some commonly asked questions. If you have any specific concerns or questions regarding your clinical trial or Early Access Medicines program, please do not hesitate to contact us at COVID-19@calcog.com or reach out to your dedicated CCPS Project Manager.

Are CCPS facilities/sites currently open?

Yes, the CCPS UK and US facilities/sites are open and are fully operational.

Does CCPS have an established Business Continuity Plan to cover this type of event?

CCPS has an established Business Continuity Plan which is supported by site specific disaster recovery plans.

Is CCPS actively managing contingency plans linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic?

CCPS has a dedicated Steering Committee which is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely to ensure appropriate actions are taken.  We will keep our clients informed of any actions or changes taken by CCPS.

Are there countries where CCPS is unable to ship materials to due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Many countries are closing their national borders to foreign travellers; however, transit via road and airfreight for cargo are still permitted.

If restrictions are encountered for any services that CCPS provides to our clients, CCPS will explore alternative options for flights, direct drives, requests for special access, permission for regulatory dispensations (e.g. Direct-To-Patient delivery), etc.

CCPS will do all we can to minimize any disruptions to the services we provide to our clients.

Are there countries where CCPS is unable to source product due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Currently, there are no restrictions of where CCPS can source product.

Does CCPS anticipate the COVID-19 pandemic will impact your ability to provide delivery of materials to clients?

At this time, CCPS is not experiencing any distribution or supply chain delays. However, there is a potential for delays in those areas classified as high-risk by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO).

In the event we need to ship material to a high-risk zone, CCPS will work to alleviate delays through the use of alternative airlines and local service providers. Additionally, we will work with our clients on alternatives that will meet their needs.

Do you anticipate any disruptions from your courier providers?

At this time, CCPS is not experiencing any distribution or supply chain delays. However, there is a potential for courier delays into high-risk zones. CCPS will leverage the services of all our approved couriers who may be able to offer alternative logistical solutions. We are in constant communication with our couriers on this topic.

What type of country impact are you facing, and how are you managing staff/work within those countries?

CCPS’s COVID-19 Steering Committee will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and take any necessary mitigation actions to limit the impact. Currently, we are not experiencing a county impact to managing our staff in specific countries.

What is CCPS doing to protect your employees from the virus?

CCPS has implemented a business travel ban for any high-risk zones as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO). Additionally, business travel is restricted to business critical.

 

At our facilities/sites, CCPS is following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines related to staff coming to work with flu-like symptoms, and we are requiring all our employees who are able to carry out their work duties remotely, to work from home.

Will the current EU travel ban to the USA impact the services that CCPS provides?

The current EU travel ban to the USA, which was extended to the UK and Ireland starting Monday, 16th March midnight EST, will not impact the services CCPS provides to our clients as cargo is not affected by the travel ban.