PCM and Healthcare

Within pharmaceutical logistics and the storage and transport of medical products, temperature stability plays an important role in quality maintenance. For example, blood samples must remain chilled or frozen, while human medicines often have to remain at a temperature of 15 to 25 °C. Phase Change Material can be the solution in every situation. 


The critical importance of temperature stability

Healthcare is a vital sector, with many processes that are vital. Think, for example, of maintaining the quality of valuable medicines and vaccinations, but also keeping medical aids such as donor organs and blood samples usable.

To guarantee quality, the GDP guidelines have been introduced at European level. These impose requirements on the logistical conditions under which medication for human use is stored and transported. The GDP guidelines mainly relate to temperature stability and temperature monitoring.

Because it is very closely related to the best storage temperature, and medical resources must also be preserved when there is a malfunction, Phase Change Material is a solution in many situations. Both in storage (see case study) and during transport. With PCM temperature elements you are assured of long-term and accurate temperature stability, and you also opt for an environmentally conscious solution.


Advantages of Phase Change Material

High energy storage

The thermal storage is highest around the solidification/melting point

Temperature Stability

Remains at the temperature of the melting point until PCM completely changes phase

Accurately determined

By adapting the recipe according to proven standards

Cooling or heating without an external source

No on-site (electrical) cooling or heating required

Reliable solutions

Constant, proven effectiveness for vital sectors, among others


Extended use of renewable energy through storage and reuse.


PCM and the Healthcare industry

Within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, many transports take place at ambient and chilled temperatures. Popular PCM solutions for this industry are therefore mainly temperature means at +22 °C, +5 °C and +3 °C.


Organic Mixture

Phase Change Temp (°C)


Latent heat (kJ/kg)

228 kJ/kg

+3°C PCM

Clear liquid @25 °C


Organic Mixture

Phase Change Temp (°C)


Latent heat (kJ/kg)

271 kJ/kg

+5°C PCM

Transparent liquid @25 °C


Hydrated Salts

Phase Change Temp (°C)

22 °C

Latent heat (kJ/kg)

190 kJ/kg

+22 °C PCM

Brown / grey colored liquid @25 °C

Subbranches Healthcare

Organ transport

Pharmaceutical logistics

Transport of blood samples

Case: DPG Intelsius

+20°C PCM in pharmaceutical packaging solutions

DPG Intelsius supplies a comprehensive and innovative range of temperature-controlled packaging solutions to customers in the pharmaceutical and life science industries. The Intelsius engineering team designs cold chain packaging for vital deliveries, such as those of valuable medicines. Coolpack is a partner of Intelsius and supplies +20 °C Phase Change Material form-retaining temperature elements. Renan Zorer, Business Development Executive at Intelsius, tells you more about Intelsius and the collaboration with Coolpack in this article.


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