Emi­rates SkyPharma launched in Dubai

Emi­rates SkyCargo un­veiled a new pur­pose-built pharma fa­cil­ity cer­ti­fied un­der EU Good Dis­tri­bu­tion Prac­tice guide­lines. The air­line op­er­ates the first and largest GDP cer­ti­fied multi-air­port hub in the world.

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Emi­rates SkyCargo in­au­gu­rated Emi­rates SkyPharma, new pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity ded­i­cated ex­clu­sively to the timely and se­cure trans­port of tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tive phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ship­ments at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port (DXB). “Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals are one of the most im­por­tant prod­ucts we trans­port be­cause of the im­pact on peo­ple’s lives and com­mu­ni­ties across the world,” said Na­bil Sul­tan, Emi­rates Di­vi­sional Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Cargo.

“As a leader in the global air cargo in­dus­try we de­cided that it was not only im­por­tant for us to build state-of-the-art cool chain fa­cil­i­ties for the trans­port of pharma prod­ucts but to also go the ex­tra mile and en­sure the com­pli­ance of our op­er­a­tions against the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.”

Emi­rates SkyCargo has also been awarded the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of com­pli­ance un­der the EU Good Dis­tri­bu­tion Prac­tice guide­lines (GDP) for medic­i­nal prod­ucts for hu­man use by Bu­reau Ver­i­tas fol­low­ing an au­dit con­ducted by the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion agency’s team from Ger­many. The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion val­i­dates the car­rier’s ad­her­ence to the strict guide­lines on the trans­port and han­dling of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts and cov­ers all Emi­rates SkyCargo han­dling ac­tiv­i­ties for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts at its hub in Dubai. The GDP guide­lines out­lined by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion have been de­signed to en­sure that the qual­ity and in­tegrity of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts are main­tained dur­ing trans­porta­tion. As part of its au­dit process, Bu­reau Ver­i­tas, well known around the world for their high stan­dards, sub­ject knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, scru­ti­nised all as­pects of the han­dling and stor­age of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ship­ments through Emi­rates SkyCargo’s dual hubs in Dubai to en­sure com­pli­ance with GDP guide­lines on a num­ber of sub­jects in­clud­ing qual­ity man­age­ment, prod­uct in­tegrity, se­cu­rity and train­ing of staff han­dling phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts.

“Through­out the au­dit process we found strong evidence of Emi­rates SkyCargo’s com­mit­ment across all lev­els to de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity and se­cure trans­porta­tion for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts. We are pleased to cer­tify Emi­rates SkyCargo’s fa­cil­i­ties at Dubai In­ter­na­tional air­port, at Dubai World Cen­tral and the bonded road ser­vice be­tween its hubs as GDP com­pli­ant” said Ah­mad Chaouk, Vice Pres­i­dent, Sales & Mar­ket­ing, Mid­dle East, In­dia, Caspian Sea & Africa Op­er­at­ing Group, Bu­reau Ver­i­tas.

The new Emi­rates SkyPharma fa­cil­ity at Dubai In­ter­na­tional air­port works in con­junc­tion with Emi­rates SkyCen­tral DWC, the car­rier’s freighter hub in Dubai World Cen­tral which of­fers 4,600 square me­tres of ded­i­cated area for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal cargo. Both fa­cil­i­ties com­ple­ment in­no­va­tive cool chain prod­ucts.


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