Agility Receives WDA(H) Authorisation for Pharmaceuticals

Authorisation covers two pharmaceutical facilities in the United Kingdom

BRISTOL, United Kingdom – September 17, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has received a Wholesaler Distribution Authorisation (for Medicines for Human Use) from the UK Medicines Healthcare & Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The certification, referred to as WDA(H), authorizes warehousing and cross-dock of a wide range of pharmaceuticals, including finished products and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) under ambient and cold chain conditions.

The certification covers the Agility-managed pharma storage facility at London’s Heathrow Airport and a second pharma competence centre in Bristol. The WDA(H) allows Agility  to provide a number of additional services, including pick-and-pack operations for the distribution of stored products to hospitals, pharmacies and other distributors, the re-packing into active and passive shipping configurations, and the distribution of clinical trial materials.

Colm McAlinden, Managing Director for Agility Area North West, said, “With this new certification, we are able to expand our Life Science service offerings in the UK and operate on behalf of our customers, particularly virtual wholesalers, brokers and importers. The certification also provides Agility with flexibility for post-Brexit import and export regulations.”

In the UK, Agility also provides logistics services to the aerospace, automotive, hi-tech, and retail industries. Agility offers more than 27,000 sqm of open and bonded warehouse space across 17 locations, including temperature-controlled storage. Agility’s combination of local service and global resources has helped it establish relationships spanning 15 to 20 years with many customers in the country.

About Agility

Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

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Photo Caption: From left to right: Agility team members, David Adlam (Regional Manager, Republic of Ireland & South West UK), Paul Morris (Strategic Account Manager, Life Science Area North West), Eric Ten Kate (Vice President, Global Life Science) and Brendan Mansell (Heathrow Warehouse Manager) inaugurate the new WDA(H) authorised pharma storage facility at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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