AD Ports receives pharma storage, distribution accreditation against global standards

Solidifying its position as a global leader in the field of handling and stor

A ship decks at Hamad port in Doha, Qatar, June 14, 2017.

A ship decks at Hamad port in Doha, Qatar, June 14, 2017.

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ABU DHABI- Abu Dhabi Ports’ Logistics, a subsidiary of AD Ports Group, has been awarded the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) accreditation by Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s leading testing, inspection, and certification bodies.

The award certified AD Ports’ advanced pharmaceutical cold and ultra-cold storage facility in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and its related logistical services, against both European Union and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, thus solidifying its position as a global leader in the field of handling and storage of pharmaceutical products and vaccines across all temperature ranges.

The announcement marks the first instance a UAE organisation has secured accreditation for both standards and is one of the few in the Middle East to hold that distinction.

The GDP accreditation certifies that all required measures designed to safeguard product quality and reduce risk have been implemented and are being followed along the entire pharma cold and non-cold chain journey. Ultimately, adherence to such high standards ensures customers that pharmaceutical products they receive through the healthcare vertical of Abu Dhabi Ports Logistics can maintain their quality and efficacy.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said, "Today’s announcement represents an important building block in helping realise our Government’s vision of making Abu Dhabi a major global healthcare and life sciences hub. We now hold the distinction as being the first healthcare organisation in the UAE to be GDP certified against the EU and WHO standards for pharmaceutical and medical supply distribution, and one of the few in the Middle East to hold both.

"Rather than resting on our laurels, we aim to continue elevating our healthcare logistics and pharma cold and non-cold chain service capabilities to new heights and to continue supporting the growth of Abu Dhabi’s and the UAE’s fast-developing healthcare sector. In addition, we will continue to leverage our healthcare logistics capacities to support the nation’s pivotal role in the global effort against the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the founding members of the HOPE Consortium."

From his side, Robert Sutton, Head of Logistics Cluster, AD Ports Group, said, "Securing the Good Distribution Practice accreditation from Bureau Veritas is a very unique accomplishment in the healthcare and pharma cold and non-cold chain logistics space, and serves as a testament to our team’s commitment to business excellence and customer care. The accreditation allows us to serve our customers against both the EU and the WHO standards simultaneously, which opens up a new and broad set of global market opportunities for AD Ports Group, our partners and our customers in the healthcare sector.

"Customers utilising our state-of-the-art healthcare facility in KIZAD, in conjunction with our specialised transportation services provided by MICCO, can rest assured that their pharma products will retain their integrity and effectiveness through our cold chain, and right to the final mile. Securing this important accreditation further enhances our competitive advantage and boosts our position as one the key players in the healthcare logistics industry not only in the region but throughout the globe as well."

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