Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) Pharma Centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport has been awarded Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification.
At the start of 2020, the Centre, part of a multi-million Euro investment by WFS in global pharmaceutical handling facilities, also achieved IATA CEIV Pharma certification.
Yann Favre, newly-appointed manager pharma at the WFS Centre in Paris, said: “WFS is already very actively involved in the safe and compliant handling of pharmaceutical shipments and medical devices across our international network. Gaining certifications for both IATA CEIV and GDP for our Pharma Centre in Paris means we have achieved the highest respective global standards recognised by the air cargo and pharmaceutical industries.”
Situated in the heart of the airport’s cargo area, the 2,400m² Pharma Centre provides landside and airside acceptance capabilities and distinct temperature-controlled storage areas. The dedicated operation has its own docks and maneuvering area for the loading and unloading of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments and incorporates:
• a dedicated room for loose cargo storage at +15 to +25°C with a capacity for 108 euro-pallets on four levels of racking.
• a separate cold room for loose cargo storage at +2 to +8°C with the capacity to store 47 euro-pallets on the ground, and with additional racking also available.
• a freezing room for loose cargo storage at -20°C capable of handling 9 euro-pallets at a time.
• two temperature-controlled areas for +2 to +25°C for cargo unit load devices with a combined capacity to store 53 P2P or 106 AKE pallets.
Last month, WFS announced the creation of a special Project Coldstream task force to safely and securely coordinate and manage its global response for the 16 billion doses of Covid vaccines expected to be transported by air cargo services. In addition to Paris CDG, WFS also operates pharma facilities in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Cork, Dublin, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Miami, and New York JFK, which are either IATA CEIV or GDP certified or compliant.