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Difference between Recall and Mock Recall

Recall and mock recall procedures for pharmaceuticals are different from each other. One is used to get back the marketed product while other is testing of the recall process.
Any product which is manufactured on a large scale sometimes has to go through the process of recall and mock recall. To some people, these two terms seem to be really confusing or some people don't even know the meanings of them.

If you are one of them then this article is for you, as I'll be answering the question of what is the difference between recall and mock recall procedure of finished goods?

Recall of Product

Product RecallIf any issue regarding the risk of the product is discovered, the manufacturer requests to get them returned is called recall. Having an organized recall plan is very important to avoid or even minimize the loss.

When the product has any issues, the corporate image is at stake and is threatened, so the recall is used to limit the ruination if any thing happens as the loss can be quite heavy as well as the image of the company. Not just the loss but if the endangered product reaches to the consumer, then there will be a legal case.

As now it maybe understood that recall can be necessary at times, now let's get to know the about ways of how to conduct a recall and what comes with the recall.
1) The manufacturer will get the authorities notified regarding the recall.
2) The general public should also be notified about it through different mediums.
3) The consumer will get their full refund no matter what the condition of the product is.
4) The compensation may vary according to the law of the country.
Note: Recalls occur in every industry, such as the motor industry, food industry, snacks industry, pharmaceutical industry etc.
Related: Self Inspection and Quality Audits

Now heading to the mock recall of products, let's define and differentiate it from recall.

Mock Recall

As mentioned before, an organized recall plan is very important for your company, there rises a question how will you get to know how organized and well planned your recall plan is? This is what mock recall is for.
The mock recall is what tests your recall plan and shows you the faults in your recall plan.
We can say: "A mock recall is a tester for a recall plan"

Now let's get to know how should a mock recall be conducted to further know what the difference between recall and mock recall of finished goods?

1) Accurate Data/ Information

The accurate information regarding the shopkeepers, retailers or anyone involved should always be available. This is one of the most important and essential points regarding the mock recall.
Related: Self Inspection and Its Implementation in Pharmaceuticals

2) Perfect Team

You got to have a perfect team to conduct a mock recall, what is a perfect team? A perfect team is when every member of the team has excellence is their roles, not just they have to be good, they have to be perfect in their position especially if the operation is regarding pharmaceutical branch.

3) Precautions

If a consumer has had the affected medicine, you must have provided him with the precautions either on a website or any other platform. There are some of the guidelines which, if they are followed, can really help the company in the long run.

Ankur Choudhary is India's first professional pharmaceutical blogger, author and founder of pharmaguideline.com, a widely-read pharmaceutical blog since 2008. Sign-up for the free email updates for your daily dose of pharmaceutical tips.
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