DHL expands accreditation for secure cold chain

16-Apr-2013

To 30 stations in locations worldwide

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, has expanded its Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) Accreditation to 30 stations in locations including Germany, France, UK, the US, Egypt, Dubai, Japan and China.

The move further integrates DHL’s network with Envirotainer operational requirements to ensure proper shipping of temperature-sensitive life sciences and healthcare products.

DHL Global Forwarding says it will add another 48 stations to the QEP Training and Quality Programme in the coming months.

‘The QEP Accreditation supports our cold chain objectives to deliver excellent customer service with product integrity and regulatory compliance in mind,’ said David Bang, CEO of LifeConEx, DHL Global Forwarding’s temperature management specialist.

‘Our expanded certification network covers already more than 90% of our current Envirotainer volume, and we will continue to enrol additional stations worldwide to the programme, starting with Frankfurt, Germany.’

Envirotainer, a leader in cold chain logistics solutions, developed the QEP programme to improve quality in cold chain management in the air transportation industry. The programme includes the Good Distribution Practice Guidance from organisations such as the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Envirotainer provides active temperature-controlled air freight containers, maintaining product temperatures within the temperature ranges +2 to +8°C, +15 to +25°C and >-20°C in nearly any ambient condition appearing along shipping routes globally.

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The 10-year partnership between DHL and Envirotainer facilitates the implementation of well-planned, secure and compliant cold chain logistics, enabling clients to reach patients worldwide through DHL’s network of 120 Life Sciences and Healthcare facilities.

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