(Essen/Knivsta, February 25, 2010) DB Schenker has gained Accreditation as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) at several stations in Europe and Asia by Envirotainer AB, the Sweden-based provider of active temperature-controlled air cargo containers.
The accreditation, which verifies that DB Schenker can manage temperature sensitive shipments that are shipped in Envirotainer containers in accordance with Good Distribution Practice, has been awarded for the European stations in Brussels, Basel, Frankfurt, Geneva, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich as well as the Singapore operation.
After completing the audit process, Envirotainer congratulated DB Schenker on the high level of its internal QEP documentation and the full commitment of the company's Quality and Commercial Management to the QEP Program.
"DB Schenker plans on expanding its QEP Accreditation, to support our customers' requirements for the temperature controlled supply chain globally," said Bob Gahan, VP Global Sales, Health Care, DB Schenker.
Christine Andersson, one of Envirotainer's QEP Program Managers, said: "DB Schenker has been able to successfully comply with the strict requirements of QEP Accreditation because of its excellent quality management system and internal training program. Having these structured processes already in place has enabled the company to quickly satisfy the quality standards needed."
Envirotainer, pioneers of active temperature-controlled air cargo containers, launched its QEP / CEP Training and Quality Program at the request of shippers of healthcare products and in response to industry guidance. The program acknowledges those service providers that are capable of properly managing shipments using Envirotainer containers. It confirms providers meet their obligations as defined in the current Good Distribution Practices guidance documents, including the requirements of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Last year, Schenker AG signed a Global Master Lease Agreement with Envirotainer AB in order to expand its offering in the field of temperature controlled service.