Cargolux validates its GDP certification for another year

Cargolux Airlines freighter

Cargolux Airlines has passed its GDP Surveillance Audit – validating its GDP certification for another year.

The certification makes sure the carrier’s management system fulfills the requirements of the EU directive ‘Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use’ and of WHO guidelines.

Cargolux became the world’s first GDP certified airline in January 2014, confirming its compliance with EU GDP/WHO requirement.

The carrier’s hub at Luxembourg Airport as well as 12 other stations within its network are also GDP and/or CEIV Pharma certified via its subcontracted service partners, the ground handling agents.

Cargolux Airlines’ director of global logistics services and chairman of IATA’s Time and Temperature Working Group, Franco Nanna said: “GDP Certification ensures best practice policies are upheld in the handling and transportation of this sensitive cargo.
“Along with the temperature controlled zones onboard the aircraft, this certification represents additional peace of mind for our customers whose satisfaction is our key priority.”

Cargolux Airlines’ global product manager for CV Pharma, Stavros Evangelakakis added: “The demand for specialised transportation of pharmaceuticals has risen considerably over the past few years and Cargolux’s dedicated product CV Pharma is in increasing demand.

“There is growing market interest for these products in South America and Africa although the majority of the supply is still flown from Europe to North America, North East Asia and the Gulf region.”