Cargolux becomes first airline awarded GDP status
30 / 01 / 2014
CARGOLUX is the first airline to be officially awarded Good Distribution Practice (GDP) status by Bureau Veritas Certification, Germany.
It attests that the company’s management system fulfills the requirements of the EU directive ‘Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use’ and World Health Organisation guidelines.
The certification underscores Cargolux’s strong commitment “to the safe and expedient movement of high-value temperature-sensitive healthcare shipments” across its global network, says a statement.
GDP is a quality system dedicated to the handling of healthcare and pharmaceuticals products, from the delivery of raw materials to the manufacturing plants, to the final shipment to the end user.
Internationally accepted pharmaceutical GDP regulations demand that companies handling and transporting pharmaceuticals products align their operations with the defined standards.
A big contributory factor in the Cargolux certification is its home base at Luxembourg, where Cargolux relies on specialised, state-of-the-art infrastructure.
The LuxairCARGO Pharma and Healthcare Center, a purpose-built temperature-controlled pharmaceutical storage facility at the Luxembourg hub, offers the world’s first fully GDP-certified airfreight platform, including a variety of storage areas, each catering to specific temperature requirements, dedicated and temperature-controlled truck docks and build-up/break down areas.
“Building on this infrastructure, Cargolux has established detailed procedures, responsibilities and extensive proactive communication to ensure operational and healthcare compliance in cooperation with suppliers and customers,” the statement adds.
Cargolux’s fleet of B747 freighters offer four independently-controlled temperature zones.