Video: GEFCO opens Heathrow pharma facility

22 / 01 / 2018

GEFCO has opened a dedicated pharma handling facility near Heathrow Airport, its third such temperature-controlled warehouse in Europe for the life sciences and healthcare sector.

This new 15,000 sq ft facility in the UK complements the forwarder's pharma warehouses’ in Frankfurt, Germany and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The facility features different temperature areas: from ambient (15ºC to 25ºC), and cool (2ºC to 8ºC) to frozen (-15°C to -25°C).

Josette Wells GEFCO Forwarding quality & compliance director, said: “We are able to differentiate our service by holding a Wholesale Dealer Authorisation (WDA), which demonstrates to our customers that we operate under the same compliant standards that they do.

“The WDA allows the facility to store human and veterinary medicines as well as medical devices as part of its logistics and transportation services.”

The facility also provides high security levels including on-site X-ray screening for air cargo and 24/7 monitoring. The new centre is Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliant and ISO 9001:2015 certified.

GEFCO is a global player in industrial logistics and the European leader in automotive logistics.

Anthony Gunn, executive vice president of GEFCO’s freight forwarding business, said: “The life sciences and healthcare logistics market is changing and becoming more complex. With the increase in temperature-sensitive products as well as the regulations related to their transportation, companies need to put more focus on control and security.

“GEFCO has a strong history in the Life Science and Healthcare sector. This opening of this new UK facility reflects GEFCO’s continuous investment in this sector.”

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