IJS Global GEFCO UK has been granted a Wholesale Dealer Authorisation (WDA) by the UK Regulatory Body, the MHRA, for its operations at the London Heathrow site with immediate effect.
Good Distribution Practice (GDP) status was also awarded to IJS Global GEFCO NL in April this year, and shows that the company fulfils strict pharmaceutical requirements of the European Commission and the World Health Organization.
“In an increasingly demanding environment for distribution of medicinal products, obtaining a WDA reconfirms our commitment to offering the highest possible quality standards in support of our customers’ evolving requirements,” said Josette Wells, Director – Quality and Compliance, IJS Global GEFCO UK.
“This licence is another step forward in our drive to establish an enhanced services platform for the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry.”
Internationally accepted GDP guidelines play a key role in assuring transport and distribution of medicinal products for human use does not adversely impact product quality and integrity.
The GDP guidelines focus on well-established pharmaceutical working procedures, and continuously improving distribution and handling expertise.
IJS Global GEFCO’s operations in the Netherlands already have WDA certification. Both countries are now able to store medicinal products in full compliance of EU regulations.
The logistics provider is also involved in the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) project, which aims to help the entire air cargo supply chain achieve pharmaceutical handling excellence.
Along with the CEIV project, both certifications will allow the logistics specialist to expand its reach in the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry.
Separately, GEFCO UK has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director, to help continue and steer its direction of growth.
Zsolt Vecsera has a wealth of logistics industry experience, having held the position of Managing Director at GEFCO Hungary since March 2011. Prior to joining GEFCO Hungary, Zsolt was Managing Director at Raben Logistics having previously spent over six years at Waberer’s Holding Plc, as Group Key Account Director.
Along with a high level of expertise and industry experience, Zsolt brings with him significant business acumen, having successfully doubled the revenue and profit of GEFCO Hungary in only five years. Indeed, his experience over the past 15 years managing large teams in Europe positions him well as he starts to identify further growth opportunities for GEFCO in the UK and beyond.
Zsolt said of his appointment:
“I am delighted to be taking on this new role at GEFCO UK, particularly at such an exciting and progressive period for the company. Having spent time with the GEFCO family previously, I am well placed to face the exciting challenges that lie ahead and I look forward to working with the team to ensure we continue to create strong and sustainable growth.”
Marc Cahingt, Executive Vice President Western Europe and Mediterranean adds:
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Zsolt to the team. His track record within the industry speaks for itself, and we feel this is the perfect fit for GEFCO UK, if we are to keep progressing and evolving within the transport and logistics space.”