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Certified quality

Quality is key! DB Schenker’s airfreight division at Narita International Airport has been certified under the Good Distribution Practices (GDP) program for the handling of pharmaceutical goods. Photo: iStock/okskaz

In an important step for pharma and healthcare customers in Japan, the DB Schenker team at Narita International Airport, one of the most important airfreight hubs in the world, has just been awarded Good Distribution Practices (GDP) certification for the handling of pharmaceutical products. The GDP program is aimed at ensuring consistency across the quality systems that are in place along the entire pharmaceutical supply chain. Its assessment criteria are based on globally accepted healthcare standards and regulations.


Based on an audit of the international company SGS Japan, the certificate will be valid for three years. During this time, the quality standard achieved for the certification will have to be reconfirmed by audits conducted at regular intervals.


“This is good news for our customers, many of whom require stringent temperature and quality control measures to preserve the integrity of their products at every point in the supply chain,” said Manabu Tanaka, Head of Air Freight at DB Schenker’s Japanese subsidiary Schenker-Seino. “But it does not stop here,” added CEO Jonathon Kottegoda-Breden. “As a team, we have committed to enhancing GDP for our other branches, to meet the increasing demand of the healthcare market.”