World Courier Fully Integrated GxP-Compliant Global Transport and Storage
World Courier provides time and temperature-sensitive transportation services to the pharmaceutical industry.
Relying on its own international network of over 150 company-owned offices in more than 50 countries, World Courier works closely with customers to ensure regulatory compliance and supply chain integrity, as well as to identify and deliver the best logistical solutions for each individual study or shipment.
Following an extensive review of international good practice (GxP) and quality management standards, as well as the successful implementation of company-wide compliance processes in 2009, World Courier meets all current standards for GxP compliancy as it applies to the courier / transport industry. Each World Courier office is also ISO 9001:2008-certified and maintains its own IATA-certified dangerous goods team.
World Courier is dedicated to treating every shipment on an individual priority basis, delivering customised solutions and value-added services to the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries.
In 2012, World Courier was acquired by AmerisourceBergen Corporation, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical services companies. Serving the US, Canada, and selected global markets, AmerisourceBergen provides a suite of value-added services that focuses exclusively on enhancing the effectiveness of the pharmaceutical supply chain.
A partner in clinical trial logistics
With a fully GxP-compliant transport and storage supply chain system in place, World Courier meets the most demanding industry expectations for managing time and temperature-sensitive clinical trial materials.
Every shipment, whether containing biological specimens, investigational drugs, vaccines, or other delicate pharmaceutical products, is handled on an individual basis by highly trained personnel.
Clinical trial services include:
- Development of transport schedules to / from investigator sites
- Site assistance including review of protocols, documentation, permits, paperwork, and packaging
- Cold chain services including temperature-controlled packaging, supplies, and expertise
- In-transit dry ice / gel-pack replenishment and temperature monitoring
- Strict adherence to global standards of practice (SOP) for all biopharm shipments
- Individual shipment monitoring from pick-up to delivery including real-time online tracking with protocol and site-specific details
- Customs clearance and delivery in more than 220 territories and nations
- Pre-customs clearance whenever possible for shortest transit times
- 24-hour availability, including weekends and holidays
Investigational drug storage depots
World Courier operates 13 ISO 9001:2008 good manufacturing practice (GMP) compliant investigational drug storage depots in Latin America (including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, México, and Perú), Europe (Russia), Africa (South Africa), and the Asia Pacific (including Australia, China, India, Japan, and Singapore).
Leading pharmaceutical companies worldwide rely on this sophisticated investigational drug storage network to dramatically improve clinical trial logistics in challenging and strategic regulatory environments.
These state-of-the-art facilities offer:
- Separate validated storage areas (15°C to 25°C, 2°C to 8°C, -20°C, and -70°C) for investigational drugs and other temperature-sensitive materials
- Closed lockers to guarantee maximum confidentiality
- Storage space for ancillary supplies and returned drugs in non-temperature-controlled areas
- Comprehensive site management SOPs
- Full-time on-site pharmacists
- Remote Internet-based client access
- Same-day or next-day distribution to in-country locations
Global temperature-controlled transport services
World Courier also offers sophisticated temperature-controlled transport services designed to minimise the number of temperature excursions faced by researchers, an area now increasingly scrutinised by regulators.
- Speciality packaging solutions
- Comprehensive guidance with country-specific import requirements
- Global SOPs for all quality-related activities
- In-transit temperature monitoring
- Refrigerated trucking services
- Expedited customs brokerage
Dangerous goods courses and climate-controlled transport awareness training
Offered on-site, off-site, or via a distance-learning video, World Courier delivers one-day dangerous goods courses designed specifically for pharmaceutical professionals who handle biological specimens. Climate-controlled transport awareness training is now also available to customers in various markets.
Products and Services
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Supply chain optimisation and operational efficiency demand more than just safe and timely transport. World Courier helps ensure products and samples are delivered on time and in optimal conditions. It also provides the clinical development community with services that enhance the performance of their research and development (R&D) investments.
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World Courier Publishes Guide to Technologies and Services Used to Ensure Successful Temperature-Controlled Delivery
As the pharmaceutical industry's global development accelerates, demands on temperature-controlled shipping are increasing.Read more
World Courier has announced that Clinical Trial Supply Chain Services (CTSCS) has been rebranded as Clinical Supply Solutions (CSS).Read more
World Courier today (24 January) announced that World Courier Italy has been accepted as a member of the Italian Association for the Development of Biotechnology (Assobiotec) after a challenging election process.Read more
World Courier has announced the upcoming expansion of the World Courier Ground Europe (WCGE) fleet.Read more
World Courier Announces Support and Adherence with Revised European Union Guidelines for Distribution of Medicinal Products
World Courier has announced that the company's operations are in full compliance with the recently issued Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use (GDP) guideline document (2013/C 68/01) in the European Union (EU).Read more
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), the national regulatory body governing pharmaceuticals and medical devices in India, issued draft guidelines earlier this year designed to ensure the quality and identity of pharmaceutical products throughout the distribution process.Read more
World Courier is pleased to announce the December 2012 opening of its newest office in Innsbruck, the company's third office in Austria and 152nd in its global network.Read more
World Courier is pleased to announce that its newest clinical trial supply chain services (CTSCS) investigational drug storage depot will open in May 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina after having moved to larger purpose-built premises in response to strong customer demand.Read more
World Courier's new, free-to-download white paper outlines the new regulatory changes that specifically affect export shipments of human serum and plasma from China and the delays that the new administrative process may create. Click Read more
New White Paper Explains the Importance of Effective Transportation and Storage of Pharmaceutical Products
Regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical companies now demand that every party involved in the pharmaceutical supply chain - transportation and logistics providers included - conforms to GxP guidelines. Click Read more
World Courier is delighted to announce that its global company-owned transportation network of over 140 offices in 50 countries worldwide meets all necessary standards for GxP-compliant status as it applies to the courier/transport industry. 'GxP' - a general term for the Good PRead more
World Courier Triples Clinical Trial Storage Capacity Worldwide with Two New Facilities and Client-Driven Expansion
World Courier is pleased to announce the opening of its newest purpose-driven investigational drug storage facilities in Melbourne (Australia) and Johannesburg (South Africa), bringing its network of GMP-compliant clinical trial depots to a total of 11 worldwide and providing cost-effective logisRead more
In response to growing client demand, and based on recently-established international biosafety regulations, World Courier has begun rolling out dedicated storage areas for GMO-derived pharmaceutical products throughout its global investigational drug storage network. "We believe thatRead more
"While the current economic crisis has not impacted the pharmaceutical industry as harshly as many other industries, it is adding pressure to a sector that is already facing a challenging new market reality," says Klaus Hachmann, managing director for World Courier (Deutschland). "OverRead more
World Courier is pleased to announce the opening of its newest purpose-built, ISO-certified, GMP-compliant investigational drug storage depot in Beijing (China), offering a unique and proven one-stop logistical solution to biopharmaceutical companies with demanding clinical trial materials storagRead more
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