Rutges Cargo Europe obtains GDP certificate for healthcare market

European transport company Rutges Cargo Europe achieved GDP (Good Distribution Practice) certification for healthcare transport in December 2014, becoming one of the first logistics service providers worldwide to obtain this accreditation.

GDP is an internationally acknowledged quality management system for the distribution and storage of medicines for human use. Covering the entire healthcare supply chain – from transport of raw materials to delivery of finished drugs – GDP ensures compliance with the critical demands of manufacturers as to the safety and integrity of their temperature-sensitive products.

Recent trends are showing a shift towards increasingly complex healthcare supply chains, involving more players and pressure points. These changes are further challenging the quality levels achieved by the healthcare logistics sector, an industry subject to extensive regulations to prevent product value loss. GDP stipulates that transport partners synchronise their operations with these standards, mitigating quality and security risks to realise more uniformity throughout the chain.

Joris van der Wansem, Director Operations of Rutges Cargo Europe: “We are proud to have gained GDP certification and to offer healthcare customers the highest distribution standard when their valuables are at their most vulnerable. The pharmaceutical industry, saving lives on a daily basis, is in need of utmost reliable logistics in line with its many quality protocols. By being GDP certified, we are even more committed to providing an integral service for international healthcare professionals looking to secure their cold chain.”