Swiss WorldCargo reaches 36 QEP accredited Stations

Envirotainer, the global market leader in secure cold chain solutions for the pharmaceutical supply chain, announced today that Swiss WorldCargo now has 36 QEP accredited stations, comprised of QEP Basic, Advanced and Expert levels. With 31 stations receiving the QEP Advanced accreditation, Swiss WorldCargo has the highest number of stations with this distinction within the industry. Alongside this, the airline’s Zurich hub has recently been recognized as a QEP Expert station, based on its GDP compliance and CEIV certification.

Bourji Mourad, Head of Global Partner Management at Envirotainer, said “Swiss WorldCargo demonstrates their commitment to providing best-in-class services to their customers, and the pharmaceutical industry by promoting best practices and industry standards, such as the Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) program. The commitment by teams on both sides is very encouraging and we expect such announcements to continue.”

“This is another very important milestone for Swiss WorldCargo on our pharma road-map,” said Susanne Wellauer, Head of Vertical Industry Pharmaceutical and Healthcare. “It clearly shows the expertise of our teams and our ability to handle Envirotainer shipments in accordance with the industry standard Goods Distribution Practice. The QEP expert level of our Zurich hub is a clear evidence of our premium SWISS quality that extends through the whole Swiss WorldCargo network of 31 QEP advanced stations.”

Envirotainer launched the award-winning QEP program over 10 years ago to promote the safe handling of pharmaceuticals. QEP has led the way for other pharmaceutical handling certification programs and has, with approximately 40 participating companies, educated tens of thousands of individuals at more than 730 participating stations across the world. The effect has been to promote strong distribution practices and standardize the safe handling of Envirotainer containers.

“The QEP program and its participants serve to protect the safe delivery of Pharmaceuticals for the benefit of the patient,” said Chris Fore, Compliance Manager at Envirotainer. “QEP is both a benchmark and a means by which we engage our partners to provide consistent service and fulfill Good Distribution Practice requirements from Pharmaceutical companies. It helps pharmaceutical companies identify potential hazards and control the subsequent risks.”

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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.

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Swiss WorldCargo: new organizational set-up in the Americas

The air cargo division of SWISS announces a new organizational set-up in the American market and the appointment of Mr. Hendrik Falk as Regional Manager Western, Southern USA & South America.

Effective October 2017, Swiss WorldCargo’s American organization will be consolidated from three to two regions: Western, Southern USA & South America and Northeast/Midwest USA and Canada.

The newly created region Western, Southern USA & South America will be headed by Hendrik Falk, who has recently joined Swiss WorldCargo and will be based in Atlanta. Hendrik has extensive executive experience and almost thirty years expertise in the air cargo industry. In his former role as Vice President North and South America of an international all cargo carrier, he was responsible for all aspects of that company’s activities in both continents. Previously, he held several executive roles for industry leaders in various challenging capacities in the USA, Asia and in Europe.

The region Northeast/Midwest USA and Canada will continue to be led by Mr. Michael Ganz, based in New York. Michael joined the American organization two years ago, after holding several commercial management positions at Swisscargo and Swiss WorldCargo in Zurich.

Mr. René Brechbuehl, who had been successfully heading the region South-East USA & South America for the last 3 years, will be leaving Swiss WorldCargo in October to begin his well-deserved retirement following 44 years of service with Swissair and SWISS.

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