A recent shortage of technical grade hydrochloric acid (HCl) is beginning to impact the supply of high purity HCl used in pharma manufacturing, according to the supply chain consortium Rx-360. It has confirmed the shortage condition and notes that there have been recent reports of specification failures of HCl tested at incoming inspection at some pharma firms.
Rx-360 recommends that firms using HCl should consider taking the following actions:
● Contact your supplier of HCl and assure their ability to supply
● Assess and understand the HCl supply chain for vulnerabilities that could cause supply interruptions and product authentication concerns
● Secure a supply of HCl from a trusted supplier, and
● Conduct full analytical testing upon receipt of HCl.