AD Ports Group, First in UAE to Receive Coveted Pharmaceutical Storage and Distribution Accreditation Against Twin Global Standards
Consolidating its position as a world leader in the handling and storage of pharmaceuticals and vaccines in all temperature ranges, Abu Dhabi Ports’ Logistics, a subsidiary of AD Ports Group, received the coveted Good Accreditation Distribution Practice (GDP) by one of the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification bodies.
The award was presented by Bureau Veritas, which certified AD Ports’ advanced cold and ultra-cold pharmaceutical storage facility in the Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and its related logistics services, in accordance with the guidelines of the European Union and the World Health Organization (WHO). . The announcement marks the first time that an organization in the UAE has achieved accreditation for both standards and is one of the few in the Middle East to hold this distinction.
GDP accreditation certifies that all the required measures designed to preserve product quality and reduce risks have been implemented and followed throughout the journey of the cold chain and pharmaceutical non-refrigeration. Ultimately, meeting such high standards assures customers that the pharmaceutical products they receive through Abu Dhabi Ports Logistics’ healthcare vertical can maintain their quality and efficiency.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “Since its inception, AD Ports Group has strived to establish itself as a global leader in trade, industry and logistics. Today’s announcement is a critical part of helping to realize our government’s vision of making Abu Dhabi a major global hub for healthcare and life sciences. We now hold the distinction as the first healthcare organization in the United Arab Emirates to be GDP certified against EU and WHO standards for the distribution of pharmaceutical and medical supplies and one of the few in the Middle East to hold both.
“Rather than resting on our laurels, we aim to continue to elevate our healthcare logistics and cold and non-cold chain pharmaceutical services capabilities to new heights and continue to support the growth of the healthcare industry. developing health in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, we will continue to leverage our healthcare logistics capabilities to support the country’s central role in the global effort against the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the founding members of the HOPE consortium. “
Robert Sutton, Logistics Cluster Manager, AD Ports Group, declared: “Obtaining the Good Distribution Practices accreditation from Bureau Veritas, one of the most important certification bodies in the world, is a unique achievement in the field of cold chain logistics and the pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical cold chain, and testifies to the commitment of our team. business excellence and customer service. Accreditation allows us to serve our customers simultaneously to EU and WHO standards, opening up a whole new set of global market opportunities for AD Ports Group, our partners and healthcare customers. .
“Customers who use our state-of-the-art healthcare facility in KIZAD, in conjunction with our specialized transportation services provided by MICCO, can be assured that their pharmaceutical products will maintain their integrity and effectiveness throughout our chain of delivery. cold and until the last mile. . Obtaining this important accreditation further strengthens our competitive advantage. This strengthens our position as a key player in the healthcare logistics industry, not only in the region, but also worldwide. “
As part of the accreditation audit process, the Abu Dhabi Ports Logistics healthcare vertical was assessed against many rigorous quality management and operational processes in its various logistics activities. The audit certified that the integrity and quality of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, consumables, cosmetics, consumer goods, hospital supplies, medical devices and medical equipment were maintained in accordance with prescribed standards in its storage facility and throughout its supply chain.
From import to storage, including transport and final distribution, the organization was assessed on the processes involving documentation, risk management, business continuity, transport and packaging solutions, premises, equipment and professional development of staff, to name a few.
In addition, the GDP accreditation also took into account the measures put in place by the healthcare vertical of Abu Dhabi Ports Logistics to ensure the continuous improvement of operations, control processes and staff training to to ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of the final product and customer satisfaction.