WFS gains GDP certification for its two pharma facilities in South Africa

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Oct 23, 2019: DQS, one of the world’s leading certification bodies, has awarded Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certifications to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) for its temperature-controlled pharma facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa.

Following a 15 percent increase in pharma volumes into South Africa over the past two years, the air cargo handling company decided to certify its pharma operations at both airports.

The company also informed that it is the first air cargo handling company in the African country to be granted this certification.

In 2019, WFS has also completed multi-million-euro investments in new pharma facilities in Copenhagen, Miami, New York JFK and Paris CDG airports.

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Malcolm Tonkin, general manager-Cargo for WFS in South Africa commented: “With the South African pharma market projecting continued high-level growth, we also hope our investment will encourage more airlines to choose WFS as their handling partner, based on the enhanced quality of service we now offer.”

WFS currently handles more than 65,000 tonnes of air cargo a year, including pharmaceuticals, for airline customers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Photo: From L to R: Melissa Fritz (QA Manager WFS SA), Mandy Fourie (Senior Sales & Marketing Executive DQS South Africa), Francois Labuschagne (CEO DQS South Africa), Malcolm Tonkin (GM Cargo WFS SA), Dr. Dieter Stadler (Head of Department, Intl. Business Development, DQS Germany), Thulethu Tyumre (Audit Manager DQS South Africa), Elvis Maleka (Operations Manager WFS SA), Matthew Lawrence (Facility Manager (WFS SA).

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