Cargolux gets its GDP certification extended for a year

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March 31, 2018: After getting through with the GDP Surveillance Audit, Cargolux Airlines recently received the renewal of its GDP Certification for yet another year.

It complied with the stringent requirements of the EU directive — ‘Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use’, and WHO guidelines to procure the renewal. 

Cargolux became the world’s first GDP certified airline in January 2014. Its hub at the Luxembourg airport, as well as 12 other stations within its network are also GDP, and CEIV Pharma certified, through its subcontracted service partners, and ground handling agents. 

Expertise of its on-the-ground handling agents, skilled staff, along with the commitment to excel customers’ service expectation during transportation, have helped Cargolux obtain the renewal of the GDP certification. 

“GDP Certification ensures best practice policies are upheld while handling and transportation of sensitive cargo,” said Franco Nanna, director, Global Logistics Services, Cargolux, and chairman, Time and Temperature Working Group, IATA.

“Along with the temperature controlled zones in the aircraft, this certification represents peace of mind for our customers, whose satisfaction is our key priority,” said Nanna.

The GDP certification program centers on the use of sophisticated specialised equipment, well established pharmaceutical working procedures, and continuously improving pharmaceutical handling expertise. 

“The demand for specialised transportation of pharmaceuticals rose considerably over the past few years, along with Cargolux’s dedicated product CV Pharma. There is growing market interest for these products in South America and Africa, although the majority of the supply is from Europe to North America, North East Asia and the Gulf region,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, global product manager, CV Pharma.

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