DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, has expanded its Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) Accreditation to 30 stations in locations as far afield as Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Dubai, Japan, China, and the United States.
By adding QEP Accreditation to its major stations, DHL’s network is further integrated with Envirotainer operational requirements to ensure proper shipping of temperature-sensitive life sciences and healthcare products. In the upcoming months, the company plans to add 48 stations to the QEP Training and Quality Program.
“The QEP Accreditation supports our cold chain objectives to deliver excellent customer service with product integrity and regulatory compliance in mind. Our expanded certification network covers already over 90% of our current Envirotainer volume, and we will continue to enroll additional stations worldwide to the program, starting with Frankfurt, Germany,” said David Bang, chief executive officer of LifeConEx, DHL Global Forwarding’s temperature management specialists.
Envirotainer developed the QEP Training and Quality Program to increase quality levels in cold chain management in air transportation. The program includes the Good Distribution Practice Guidance from organizations such as the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
With Envirotainer, active temperature-controlled air freight containers maintain product temperatures within the temperature ranges +2 to +8° C, +15 to +25° C, and less than –20° C in nearly any ambient condition of shipping routes globally. With a relationship of more than 10 years, Envirotainer and DHL have formed a partnership, enabling clients to reach patients worldwide through DHL’s global network of 120 life sciences and healthcare facilities.