IAG Cargo first to earn GDP cool chain cert
U.K., December 26, 2014 (STAT):-IAG Cargo became the first air carrier to win a Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification by the U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Additionally, the carrier has earned the status of Wholesale Distribution Authorization (WDA) for pharmaceuticals for use by humans and animals. The certification, announced on Dec. 17, assures that IAG Cargo has met the highest standards for handling time- and temperature-sensitive shipments originating or terminating through its network. As reported previously in Air Cargo World, IAG Cargo has more than 100 stations in its global Constant Climate network. Each station (pictured at right) can maintain temperature requirements as low as -20° C and as high as 25°C, regardless of the outside temperature. “The authorization is testament to the significant investments we have made in our dedicated people and our temperature controlled infrastructure facilities and capabilities,” said Alan Doring, global head of pharmaceuticals and life sciences for IAG. “It is welcome third party recognition that IAG Cargo has become the diamond standard for the transportation of medicines worldwide and underscores our global leadership in this fast-growing market.” IAG maintains a new temperature-controlled handling facility at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) and climate-controlled systems in its 787 and 380 aircraft. Additionally it has a Constant Climate team that combines industry experience in the pharmaceutical, health care and air cargo industries. GDP and WDA shippers will select carriers that have these certifications over those that don’t, giving IAG Cargo the edge in transporting temperature sensitive cargo. IAG Cargo was formed in 2011 by the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, based in London and Madrid, respectively.