Rhenus Air & Ocean gains GDP certification at Schiphol Airport

GDP certificate. Photo: Rhenus Air & Ocean

Rhenus Air & Ocean’s pharma-focused business site at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has gained the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certificate.

The Dutch headquarters of Rhenus, which has been IATA CEIV Pharma accredited for years, follows the footsteps of the business site at Frankfurt Airport, which obtained GDP certification in the summer.

Rhenus said the GDP certification enables it to fulfil the EU’s guidelines for good distribution practice for human medicinal products.

This certification can only be obtained if all the processes along the supply chain are documented without any gaps and there is a quality management system – and this has been introduced according to the GDP guidelines at Schiphol, added the company.

By using both measures, Rhenus Air & Ocean said it is able to control the supply chain for pharmaceutical shipments in order to guarantee the integrity of the medication during transportation, handling and storage.

Peter Pasman, managing director at Rhenus Air & Ocean Netherlands, said: “The patients well-being is the top priority.

“We therefore set ourselves the highest quality standards for our processes at all times. Our uniform procedures, having a compliant supply chain and safeguarding the integrity of the pharmaceutical products are key elements in this process.”

Rhenus Air & Ocean’s Schiphol facility has also recently had its CEIV Pharma certification renewed.

The gateway, which measures 7,200 sq m, has direct access airside with pharmaceutical dedicated temperature-controlled areas.

It also offers intelligent unit load device (ULD) handling and extensive security checks. This means that it is able to handle goods quickly and monitor customers’ shipments at a great extent.

“We strengthen our global position in the field of life sciences & healthcare by obtaining GDP certification at another Rhenus air gateway within one year. Thanks to providing uniform solutions around the globe, we’re continually enhancing our quality and service standards,” says Stephan Dülk, the Global Head of Life Sciences & Healthcare at Rhenus Air & Ocean.

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