Just a few weeks after successfully concluding its IATA CEIV certification, FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services has now also officially received EU “good distribution practice” (GDP) certification for medical products for human use. This marks another important step in the company’s expansion of pharmaceutical logistics activities and ramping up preparations to handle sensitive coronavirus vaccine consignments.
Unlike CEIV certification, which relates exclusively to airfreight, GDP certification is independent of airfreight. 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 transshipment processes.”
“We are very proud to have received our GDP certification after having also achieved the CEIV certification recently. FCS is now able to distinguish itself from other service providers. Despite the challenges of this year, my team has been working diligently to ensure FCS is well prepared for pharma handling now and into the future. 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,” says Markus Schneefuss, Director of Operations at FCS.
A subsidiary of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the world’s largest airfreight handling company, 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 highly important to Frankfurt Airport, too. With this certification, the company is making a valuable contribution to helping the site prepare optimally for the coming situation.
About FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services
FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services is a joint-venture of WFS Worldwide Flight Services, one of the world’s largest, and of Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, one of the largest airports in Europe. FCS is the largest airline-independent cargo handling company at Frankfurt Airport, offering full-service packages encompassing all aspects of physical handling and documentation of cargo. Our approximately 700 experienced employees handle 650,000 tons of airfreight for more than 50 international airlines here.