GDP Status an Assurance of Quality for Warehouse and Distribution Centers Handling Pharmaceuticals
On 28th December 2018, Schenker-Seino Co., Ltd.’s Air Freight Division was certified under the Good Distribution Practices (GDP) program for the handling of pharmaceutical products at its Narita airport facility in Japan. This accomplishment follows a positive audit by SGS Japan, an international testing, inspection, certification and verification company.
The GDP program is a quality management scheme designed to ensure consistency across the quality systems that are in place along an entire pharmaceutical supply chain. Its assessment criteria are based on globally accepted healthcare standards and regulations.
“Each accreditation is significant as it attests our continued commitment to quality and consistency as a global 3PL provider,” said Misuzu Maruyama, Chief Commercial Officer for Schenker-Seino and licensed pharmacist in Japan.
Manabu Tanaka, Head of Air Freight in Japan, added, “It’s also good news for our healthcare customers, many of whom require stringent temperature and quality control measures to preserve the integrity of their products at every point in the supply chain.”
The logistics business center at Narita is DB Schenker’s 27th facility in the world to become GDP-certified. The certificate is valid for 3 years, and audits will be executed periodically by SGS.
“We celebrate each achievement as an important milestone, but it does not stop here,” declared Jonathon Kottegoda-Breden, DB Schenker’s CEO for Japan. “As a team, we have committed to enhancing GDP for our other branches to meet the increasing demand of the healthcare market.”
About DB Schenker in Japan:
Schenker-Seino Co., Ltd, DB Schenker’s joint venture freight forwarder entity in Japan, offers integrated solutions in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, operating 10 warehouses in Japan with a footprint of more than 1mil square feet in 6 strategic locations. Schenker-Seino’s operations are backed by a network of more than 520 employees in Japan and over 72,000 employees worldwide covering 140 countries. The company also holds all required licenses for customs clearance, transportation, and warehousing.
For more information, please visit www.dbschenker-seino.jp/jp-en.