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Robert.Jervis_43227 Dec 05

GEFCO receives GDP compliance for road transport of pharma products in nine more countries

GEFCO receives GDP compliance for road transport of pharma products in nine more countries image
Certification marks GEFCO’s commitment to quality standards and going the extra mile for customers
GEFCO Group has received Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliance certification from Bureau Veritas for the road transportation of pharma products in nine countries. GEFCO is now certified GDP compliant in 15 countries, demonstrating its commitment to quality management processes in an increasingly complex market.

Nine countries received the road transport certification following stringent audits by Bureau Veritas in Bulgaria, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom. This follows the certification of GEFCO’s processes in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Greece, Romania and the Group’s headquarters in France last year.

GDP certification demonstrates that GEFCO fulfils the requirements of the European Commission Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice of Pharmaceutical Products for human use, and is valid for three years. It reflects GEFCO’s commitment to high quality and its understanding of the unique challenges facing its customers, including traceability of the goods and the prevention of counterfeiting.

“We are delighted to achieve certification for a further nine countries across our network,” highlighted Tony Gunn, Executive Vice-President of GEFCO’s Air & Sea division.

“Our customers require rigorous control and security standards, and we have a proud history of delivering on quality. With this certification, we are now in a stronger position to offer an improved level of service, clearer differentiation from our competitors and place a stronger focus on best-in-class customer satisfaction in this growing sector. We will continue to rise to meet customers’ challenges in the private and public sectors and pursue additional certification for road transport in more European countries in 2020.”   

The Life Sciences and Healthcare logistics market is increasingly complex, with volumes of temperature-sensitive products increasing due to the growing demand for household healthcare products and need for maintaining the cold chain integrity for pharma products. A report published by Grand View Research in April found that the global pharmaceutical logistics market size was valued at USD 76.4 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 3.5% from 2019 to 2025.

Concurrently, regulations related to transportation of these products are becoming stricter. Supply chains are highly regulated, and require transportation that meets strict Good Distribution Practices, including limits on time of transit and under specified temperature controlled conditions.

Logistics providers must support the industry in ensuring its products are transported legally, safely and on time to ensure business continuity. As an expert in Life Sciences and Healthcare logistics, GEFCO offers door-to-door, temperature-controlled and integrated logistics through its global network as a key part of its "Partners, unlimited" approach to going the extra mile for customers