Following closely on the heals of successfully achieving IATA CEIV certification, FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services is now also officially EU ‘good distribution practice’ (GDP) certified.
The GDP certification for medical products for human use marks another important step in the company’s expansion of pharmaceutical logistics as it ramps up preparations to handle sensitive coronavirus vaccine consignments.
Unlike CEIV certification, which relates exclusively to airfreight, GDP certification is independent of airfreight, FCS says. Rather, it involves checking the quality of the distribution chain for medical goods and ensuring that they are intact all the way from the producer to the end customer according to EU standards.
Claus Wagner, managing director of FCS, believes certification is especially significant in light of the growing importance of pharmaceutical logistics. “FCS can offer its customers the very highest, safest and most secure standards for pharmaceutical handling. In our role as a cargo handling company located at the airport, we act as an important interface between air and ground transport with our special warehouses and transhipment processes.”
Wagner notes that with these two key certifications FCS – a subsidiary of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) – is now able to distinguish itself from other service providers.
“Our airline customers, as well as the manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceutical products, can plan with confidence that the quality and integrity of their shipments will be maintained throughout the whole FCS supply chain process,” adds Markus Schneefuss, director of operations at FCS.
FCS and its GDP certification fit into the ‘Project Coldstream’ initiative just recently launched by WFS, which focuses on coordinating worldwide transportation of large delivery quantities of vaccines to fight the COVID-19 virus. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the industry expects these deliveries to amount to the largest volume of airfreight involving a single item ever transported.
The fact that FCS has GDP certification is also critically important to Frankfurt Airport as the entire air cargo supply chain prepares itself for the coming global vaccine distribution.