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Aer Lingus gains life sciences mark

[ June 17, 2014   //   ]

Aer Lingus Cargo has been awarded the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) passport scheme for supply chain service providers to the pharmaceutical and medial sectors. The GDP Passport Code of Practice was drawn up by the Life Sciences industry and the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) in consultation with the Irish Medicines to meet the requirements set out in the EU Good Distribution Practice Guidelines.

In becoming a GDP Passport licence holder, Aer Lingus has demonstrated that its cargo personnel including its contractors are trained to the highest level on Good Distribution Practice and that its Cargo quality systems, premises and vehicles meet the highest industry standards and EU Guidelines on GDP.

Aer Lingus interim head of cargo Michael Sanfey described the award as “a stamp of approval for the significant investment in people and quality standards that offer complete peace of mind for our customers. It is also recognition for our staff of their many years hard work in evolving to meet changing customer needs.”

IEA life sciences manager, Dr Niall Stobie, added: “The number of parties involved in the supply chain for pharmaceutical and medical device products has branched out significantly, with different modes of transport and stringent temperature requirements. Through the GDP Passport training and certification programme, the IEA aims to promote GDP compliance with the ultimate goal of patient safety. Initiatives like the IEA GDP Passport help maintain Ireland as a leading global location for the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceutical products and medical devices.”

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Pictured: Michael Sanfey, interim head of cargo Aer Lingus and Simon McKeever, CEO, Irish Exporters Association

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