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angle-left 11/28/2017

Swiss WorldCargo further strengthens its network of “quality corridors” with the renewal of the GDP compliance at Zurich hub


Swiss WorldCargo’s hub in Zurich reaffirms its position as a leading airport when it comes to handling pharmaceutical shipments: Swissmedic, the Swiss authority responsible for the authorization and supervision of therapeutic products, renewed the Cargologic handling facilities’ GDP compliance certification in September 2017. Swiss WorldCargo’s ground handling partner was one of the first to secure GPD compliance in 2014 and the "Center of Excellence for Independent Validators" (CEIV) certification from IATA for the handling of pharmaceutical products in 2015.

Over the last two years, Swiss WorldCargo has been investing heavily in replicating this best practice model in collaboration with its ground-handling partners around the world. A network of certified trade lanes is being implemented to ensure the highest quality standards and product integrity in cold chain handling on a global scale. By the end of 2017, some 50 "quality corridors" are expected to be in place, covering the top pharma destinations.

Swiss WorldCargo is also seeking to extend the Envirotainer QEP (Qualified Envirotainer Provider) programme, which recognizes its partner carriers as competent service providers when handling Envirotainer active units around their network; 30 stations in the Swiss WorldCargo network have already received this accreditation and more will follow in the coming months.

Swiss WorldCargo has also further enhanced its capabilities when handling pharma products with the implementation of the additional storage temperature range "ERT" in the cool storage facilities at the main pharma destinations.