Swedish cool-chain logistics specialist Envirotainer has confirmed Panalpina’s accreditation of twenty additional stations worldwide as Qualified Envirotainer Providers (QEP), bringing the total of accredited stations to forty-three. Panalpina has gained this latest accreditation after meeting the strict requirements of Envirotainer’s Training and Quality Program for Good Distribution Practices of temperature sensitive healthcare products.
All accredited locations can be found here:
Envirotainer launched its QEP program at the request of shippers of pharmaceutical products and in response to industry guidance. The program acknowledges service providers capable of properly managing shipments using Envirotainer containers. Providers must meet their specific obligations as defined in the current Good Distribution Practices guidance documents, including the requirements of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Envirotainer and Panalpina have worked together for many years and in 2008 they signed a global cooperation agreement. Through this close working relationship, Panalpina is able to control cargo during the entire transport chain, offering healthcare customers an integrated seamless door-to-door cold chain in the air and on the ground.
Chris Fore, Manager Industry Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Envirotainer, said: “Healthcare companies want to work with logistics partners that demonstrate the quality and disciplined processes required to maintain the integrity of their product throughout the cold chain. Panalpina’s accreditation of twenty additional QEP stations is a strong signal to those companies. Training, procedures and quality management systems are of the highest level at Panalpina.”
Thomas Berger, Global Head of Industry Vertical Healthcare at Panalpina, believes that: “Maintaining product safety and quality is a major concern and the regulatory obligations and consumer expectations facing the pharmaceutical industry are increasing. Healthcare customers can rely on Panalpina’s closely-meshed network of QEP accredited stations and professionally trained staff around the world.”
“More and more perishable, temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products need to be forwarded over great distances. Demand is soaring,” added Berger. Pharmaceutical products such as vaccines, bio-engineered drugs, or blood plasma, are among those which must be kept at a precise temperature during transportation or their shelf life may be shortened and their effectiveness reduced or completely lost. Active temperature control means that the shipment is protected by an integral air-conditioning system throughout the journey. Inside the air freight container a precisely controllable thermostat keeps the temperature stable. Envirotainer is the market leading pioneer of such active temperature-controlled air cargo containers.
Envirotainer is the world-leader in secure cold chain logistics solutions, primarily within the health care and biotech industries. The company manufactures and leases active temperature-controlled container solutions for air transportation, including validation, support, and service.
For more than 10 years, the company has enabled reliable air transportation of sensitive and perishable products, through an open, global network of airline companies and logistic partners. Envirotainer has offices in 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Lagga Marma outside of Stockholm, Sweden.
Envirotainer is a registered trademark of the company Envirotainer AB.