Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Swiss WorldCargo open New York’s first Good Distribution Practice(GDP) compliant pharma facility after achieving certification of its Building 66 at JFK airport.
The GDP certification confirms WFS’ compliance with World Health Organisation (WHO), IATA, and Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) quality standards for handling pharmaceutical and life science products, as well as with Service Level Agreements signed with individual airline customers in New York.
“As the leading cargo handler at JFK, we are proud to be the first airline handling facility to become GDP certified, which is in response to growing customer demand for high quality, standardised pharma handling,” says Michael Simpson, WFS’ executive vice president Americas.
“We will continue to expand our network of certified facilities, adding to our current list of JFK and Miami in the Americas as well as multiple locations in Europe,” Simpson adds.
“We are very excited that New York’s first GDP-compliant airline facility is located at Swiss WorldCargo’s warehouse,” said Michael Ganz, head of Northeast-/Midwest US and Canada for Swiss WorldCargo.
“This latest addition of GDP-compliant facilities allows us to offer additional quality corridors to our pharma and healthcare customers. The certification of our boutique-like single-airline facility in New York further strengthens our position as a global quality leader.”
This initiative is aligned with WFS’ programme to provide coordinated cold chain handling services which secure product integrity and ensure patient safety. WFS says that achieving GDP certification is further evidence of the company’s ability to deliver resilient working procedures and processes, as well as specialised and dedicated equipment for the handling of sensitive temperature-controlled cargo.
The features of the programme include a Pharmaceutical Handling Quality Manual and Quality Management System, dedicated cooler facilities, a Special Products Manager, as well as providing a team of fully experienced and trained personnel. WFS also invested in a new cooler for the 93 sqm pharma facility at JFK in support of the GDP requirements.
The opening of this pharma facility also closely aligns with key Swiss WorldCargo values of customer focus and quality care, the carriers says. In 2018, Swiss WorldCargo received a global CEIV certification, which ensures that the company adheres to the highest standards of pharmaceutical handling globally. With three daily flights from Zurich and Geneva, JFK is an important North America-gateway for Swiss WorldCargo.
WFS has also signed a 15-year lease on a new state- of-the-art, 32,144 sqm cargo terminal at the airport, the first phase of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s comprehensive Vision Plan.
The facility, which will have a throughput capacity of over 300,000 tonnes a year, will offer improved cargo flows and reduced transfer times, shorter truck waiting times and incorporate the latest security and screening systems and procedures. It will also house dedicated facilities for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products and perishables cargo when it opens in 2020/21.