Saudia Cargo achieves pharma GDP certification

By Damian Brett

Saudia Cargo has achieved European Union Good Distribution Practice (EU GDP) certification for its pharma operations.

The certification was carried out by SGS. The airline the achievement demonstrated that its storage and transportation services meet “all international requirements”.

“This certificate recognizes that Saudia Cargo maintains and complies with the quality management standards throughout the supply chain and applies efficient procedures and policies for receiving and handling pharmaceuticals & medical products without any risks,” said Abdulrahman Al-Mubarak, chief commercial officer, Saudia Cargo.

The company has been investing in its pharma handling capabilities of late in order to “enhance the quality of medical product warehouses” by equipping “its main stations inside the Kingdom with state-of-the-art equipment and devices to control temperature”.

Saudia Cargo last year opened cold storage facilities for pharmaceuticals and medicines at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport to coincide with the launch of the carrier’s FlyPharma product. 

“The facilities conform to the international standards of the World Health Organization and the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use as well as the local standards of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority,” the company said. “The facilities also ensure different temperatures and accommodate pharmaceutical companies’ containers, which require advanced technology solutions.”

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