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The COVID-19 epidemic has swept across the world for a year. Recently, coronavirus vaccines had successfully been tested, some regions have approved and arranged for the public to receive vaccination. This vaccine needs to be kept and stored within a specific and low temperature range to ensure the quality. Therefore, a reliable cold chain system including cold storage and cold logistic which committed to the international standard Good Distribution Practices (GDP), based on World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Report Series, No. 957, 2010 Annex 5 is crucial.

In accordance with the WHO quality assurance guidelines, all parties involved in the distribution of pharmaceutical products have a responsibility to ensure that both the quality of the products and the integrity of the distribution chain are maintained throughout the supply chain. The GDP certification requires pharmaceutical product handlers to meet stringent WHO standards. Obtaining this certification can prove the company’s cold chain vaccine handling procedure including transportation, distribution and storage meets WHO standards, provide customers with a secure, safe and efficient cold chain for vaccine, and ensure the company's staff are professionally trained and equipped with good competency for special handling of the vaccine and pharmaceutical products.

Adopting the best practice of GDP guidelines and implementing all requirements would be the key factor for a logistic company to become a vital partner in the healthcare supply chain. SGS provides comprehensive GDP auditing, training and certification. Contact us to learn more about the GDP certification processes.