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Emirates SkyPharma, Emirates SkyCargo's new purpose-built facility dedicated exclusively to the timely and secure transport of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments is the world's first and largest multi-airport hub facility GDP certified by Bureau Veritas.
A vital part of Emirates SkyCentral (DXB) and (DWC), Emirates SkyPharma offers 4,000 m2 of space dedicated to pharmaceutical cargo. It also features 2 temperature controlled zones (2-8oC 15-25oC), 88 temperature controlled individual positions in the automated ULD (aircraft pallet) handling system and 5 temperature controlled acceptance and delivery truck docks.
Emirates SkyCargo has also been awarded the certification of compliance under the EU Good Distribution Practice guidelines (GDP) for medicinal products for human use by Bureau Veritas following an audit conducted by the certification agency's team from Germany. The certification validates the carrier's adherence to the strict guidelines on the transport and handling of pharmaceutical products and covers all Emirates SkyCargo handling activities for pharmaceutical products at its hub in Dubai.
Emirates SkyCargo is the first cargo airline in the world that has obtained GDP certification for its hub operations covering two airports and the 24/7 bonded trucking service that connects cargo between them. The carrier also operates the largest GDP certified area in the world offering a total area of 8,600 m2 of combined handling space dedicated for pharmaceutical products at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central.
The Good Distribution Practice guidelines outlined by the European Commission have been designed to ensure that the quality and integrity of pharmaceutical products are maintained during transportation. As part of its audit process, Bureau Veritas, well known around the world for their high standards, subject knowledge and experience, scrutinised all aspects of the handling and storage of pharmaceutical shipments through Emirates SkyCargo's dual hubs in Dubai to ensure compliance with GDP guidelines on a number of subjects including quality management, product integrity, security and training of staff handling pharmaceutical products.