Specialist Certificate in Cold Chain Management (Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices) … SFC eligible

The course dates are indicated below.
Specialist Certificate in Cold Chain Management (Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices)  … SFC eligible
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Read what our participants have learnt from this course…

After the course, I am able to understand the key aspects of cold chain management and also I am more confident to attend to customer enquiries with a much better clarity.

Unnikrishna Menon Sreekanth, Assistance General Manager, C. Pte Ltd

It definitely adds on to my cold chain knowledge on top of my experience.

Oh Yee Chean (Hu Yuqian), Senior Executive, G.A. Int’l Pte Ltd


Asia is emerging as a global powerhouse in biomedical and healthcare industries. The sheer size of the market, the high growth rate and the complicated infrastructure poses high rewards and risks for the industry players, as well as logistics service providers.

Singapore offers Asia’s best healthcare system, with ten accredited hospitals and three medical centres. The country attracted 400,000 foreign patients in 2006, with the number projected to reach 1 million in 2012. Singapore achieved “Best Medical / Wellness Tourism Destinations” (By Travel / Weekly Asia Industry Awards for two years consecutively in 2007-2008, and was ranked 4th Best Healthcare Infrastructure (IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2009).

These conditions bode well for the pharmaceuticals and logistics industry. The market for cold chain packaging and transport services is projected to grow from $6.9 billion to $8.7 billion by 2015. This is driven by the strong demand from pharmaceutical companies that need specialized storage and transport of drugs, clinical trials and test samples. The pharmaceutical companies will require cold chain logistics service providers to handle time and temperature sensitive products. As such, 17 of 25 largest 3PLs in the world have based their operations in Singapore, with many offering cold chain logistics.

Designed For

Logistics professionals working in cold chain and related services with a focus on the pharmaceutical & medical device sector; persons holding the following positions may find the course extremely useful:

  • Senior and mid level managers involved in cold chain design
  • Operations and logistics managers
  • Warehouse managers and supervisors
  • Transport managers and supervisors
  • Third-party logistics personnel looking to improve their current operations, or providing cold chain services
  • Managers and executives in pharmaceuticals industry
  • Quality Assurance managers
  • Consultants

1. Overview of Cold Chain 

  1. What is Cold Chain?
  2. Where is Cold Chain Applied?
  3. Why is Cold Chain Applied?
  4. Cold Chain In Healthcare
  5. Role of Cold Chain Practitioner

2. Cold Chain in Transportation

  1. Objectives of Cold Chain Transportation
  2. Global Transportation Modes
  3. Passive Shipping Solutions
  4. Active Shipping Solutions
  5. Temperature Monitoring

3. Cold Chain in Warehousing 

  1. Objectives of Cold Chain Warehousing
  2. Overview of Warehousing Activities
  3. Cold Chain Storage Equipment
  4. Cold Chain Storage System
  5. Temperature Monitoring

4. Role of 3PL Service Provider

  1. Defining 3PL
  2. Reasons for Outsourcing
  3. Beyond 3PL
  4. Selecting a 3PL Service Provider

5. What is Quality Management System (QMS)

  1. What is QMS
  2. Good Distribution Practice (GDP)
  3. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  4. GDP for Medical Devices (GDPMDS) or SS620
  5. ISO 9001
  6. ISO 13485
  7. Key QMS Requirements

6. Legislation in Cold Chain

  1. Why is Legislation needed
  2. Health Sciences Authority (HSA)
  3. Types of Licenses / Certifications

7. Innovations in Cold Chain

  1. Design & Technology
  2. Internet of Things(IoT)

Diong Bee Chu holds qualifications in diverse disciplines. She has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Microbiology from the National University of Singapore (NUS) as well as a Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Transportation Management) degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). She recently completed her Master of Science in Supply Chain Management at NUS. 


The course is an Approved-in-Principle (AIP) course under the TPGateway (Course ref No.: TGS-2018500055 valid till 24 Dec 2023) with a support level of $2.00 per training hour for company sponsored participant. More information at Financial/Award Schemes.

Nett course fee effective from 1 Oct 2018. Training providers will apply for funding via TPGateway for company-sponsored participants before course commencement.

SLA Member Non-Member Self-Sponsored
Course Fee $720 $900 $900
GST $50.40 $63 $63
Application Fee $32.10 $32.10 $32.10
Total Fee (payable to TLA) $802.50 $995.10 $995.10
TPGateway $46 $46 N.A.
SFC * N.A. N.A. $500
(or available Credit)

* “All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the SFC course directory.”



Payment will only be required after the course is confirmed.
(The status of the course would usually be advised one (1) month before the course start date.)

Payment mode (retail payments facilities are not available) :
Overseas – Telegraphic transfer
Local – Cheque or bank transfer or Corporate PayNow


Day Class : 24 hours, 3 days, 9am – 6pm


A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon successful completion of the course with 75% attendance.

The course dates are indicated below.