The pharmaceutical industry is dedicated to increasing patient safety by ensuring best practice throughout the entire chain of development. Best practice and current regulatory requirements necessitate specific handling instructions for both transportation and storage of pharmaceuticals, investigational drugs and biological/medical samples. This entire process is included, from fundamental research and identification of possible drug targets to the introduction of new pharmaceuticals on the global market.
World Courier is the market leader in specialty logistics for global clinical trials delivering fully-integrated GxP-compliant temperature-controlled transport, storage and distribution solutions worldwide. Being a solutions provider and integrated partner in over 10,000 clinical studies to date, World Courier possesses the expertise and knowledge required to ensure the best possible service in any biopharmaceutical project.
Security and best practice
New guidelines in biopharmaceutical development place a stronger focus on the transportation and correct handling of biological materials. This includes monitoring, packaging, assessing possible risks in transportation and controlling the overall environmental impact.
“To meet industrial requirements we must ensure that we opt for the best possible solution, in every aspect, every day, and in every project. We select the most appropriate mode of transport, which may be a temperature controlled vehicle, or the best flight-out, not necessarily the next flight-out. Time is important, but temperature, security and best practice always come first”, says Kenneth Skovgaard, Country Manager, World Courier Denmark.
World Courier has extensive guidelines covering not only the legal requirements of transport, storage and distribution solutions, but also the significantly tougher requirements of the industry.
World Courier’s GxP Policy istightly linked to Pharma’s own systems and takes in account aspects of Good Distribution Practice (GDP), Good Storage Practice (GSP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and follows all required guidance documents supporting these practices. All suppliers and partners working with World Courier must comply with the GxP code.
World Courier continuously investigates new solutions to eliminate risks throughout the transport and distribution chain. Any discrepancies are handled according to detailed guidelines. World Courier personnel are trained in the proper handling of temperature controlled items and biological materials. Thanks to the standards achieved, World Courier remains the global leader of specialty logistics with over 150 offices in 50 countries and over 300 exclusive agents worldwide.
“Our main strengths are that we are fully GxP compliant, we have all the knowledge and expertise required to handle even the most complex logistics gathered in our own organization and the ability to deal flexibly with the challenges of an expanding world.” Kenneth Skovgaard explains. “Thanks to our wide geographical distribution network, World Courier can help customers deal with new partners anywhere in the world”.
Medicon Valley opportunities
The recent development and continuous growth in Medicon Valley is welcome news for World Courier. Kenneth Skovgaard comments on the possible opportunities connected to Medicon Valley: “We are able to establish lifelong contacts in the region as well as internationally through our clients”.
“We provide value-added services to assist life science companies wishing to establish themselves globally – with the capacity to help them connect them to new partners throughout the world”, he says.