The shipment of medicines is a sensitive matter – after all, it is a matter of patient safety. The Bonn-based express and courier service provider was recently certified as compliant with the guidelines for Good Distribution Practice (GDP) for medicinal products for human use, confirming that it meets the comprehensive requirements of GDP. ‘The healthcare sector is one of our core industries, and especially when it comes to vital drugs such as patient-specific medications or cytostatics, it is a matter of course for us to comply with the strict transport regulations,’ says Ulrich Nolte, managing director of GO! Germany. The GDP certificate creates trust among customers who can rely on their shipments being in safe hands.
Strict specifications – intensive audits under corona conditions
In addition to the recertification of the quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015, which GO! already successfully completed in the summer, the independent review of GDP compliance was another milestone in the comprehensive quality programme of the distribution network.
The company had already aligned its processes to comply with the amendment to GDP in 2013 and had had them checked in the course of the annual ISO audits since then – this is now to be supplemented by a dedicated review of all GDP-relevant processes. After a six-week preparation period and audit difficulties relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, the certificate of compliance is now available and confirms that the requirements have been implemented as specified in the guidelines – including for personnel, transport, documentation and of course quality management.
The GDP certificate is subject to an annual review and is valid for three years – not only in Germany, but in almost all European countries where GO! is represented.
GO! Express & Logistics is Europe’s largest independent provider of express and courier services. The global partner network was established in 1984 and currently comprises over 100 GO! stations in Europe. Around 1,400 employees and 1,700 drivers and couriers work every day to enable the transport of more than 8 million shipments per year.
Under the motto “beyond limits”, GO! offers a comprehensive portfolio of logistics solutions ranging from regional courier transportation and global express shipping of goods, documents and extremely time-critical consignments to sensitive shipments or complex customer requirements. Its services also include tailored supply chain solutions and extensive value-added services 365 days a year and around the clock.
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