Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Swiss WorldCargo have opened New York’s first GDP (Good Distribution Practice) compliant pharma facility after achieving certification of its Building 66 at JFK airport.
The certification confirms WFS’ compliance with World Health Organization (WHO), IATA, and Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) quality standards for handling pharmaceutical and life science products, as well as with agreements signed with individual airlines.
“We are very excited that New York’s first GDP-compliant airline facility is located at Swiss WorldCargo’s warehouse. This latest addition of GDP-compliant facilities allows us to offer additional quality corridors to our pharma and healthcare customers,”
said Michael Ganz, head of Northeast-/Midwest USA and Canada for Swiss WorldCargo.
WFS cold chain handling services include a pharmaceutical handling quality manual and quality management system, dedicated cooler facilities, a special products manager and a new cooler for the 1,000 sq. ft. pharma facility at JFK in support of the GDP requirements.
In 2018 Swiss WorldCargo received a global CEIV certification that ensures the company adheres to the highest standards of pharmaceutical handling globally. the airline operates three daily flights from Zurich and Geneva to JFK.
WFS has also signed a 15-year lease on a new 346,000 sq. ft. cargo terminal at JFK that will have a handling capacity of 300 million kilos a year plus dedicated facilities for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products and perishables cargo when it opens in 2020/21.