July 23, 2015

World Courier Receives Wholesale Distribution Authorisation

AmerisourceBergen company among the first specialty logistics companies to obtain the pharmaceutical storage and transportation accreditation in the U.K.

LONDON (July 23, 2015) – World Courier, the global leader in specialty logistics and an AmerisourceBergen company, has been granted Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (WDA) by the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The WDA is a benchmark certifying the company’s quality systems and processes for storing and distributing pharmaceuticals. 

World Courier received the WDA certification following an application process and inspection by MHRA. Designed to ensure patients safely receive their proper medications, the regulation serves as a verification measure to enforce the European Union’s Falsified Medicine Directive. MHRA regulations require WDA for companies that store shipments of pharmaceutical products for longer than 36 hours or have a refrigerated storage facility for pharmaceuticals. The company also met requirements to demonstrate compliance with the European Union’s Good Distribution Practice (GDP), guidelines that regulate the storage and transportation of medicinal products intended for human consumption.

“Becoming one of the first specialty logistics companies to acquire Wholesale Distribution Authorisation in the U.K. is a significant accomplishment for AmerisourceBergen, World Courier and our clients,” said Simon Beaumont, Managing Director for World Courier in the U.K. “As the global leader in specialty logistics, we continuously strive to offer our clients the best possible integrated supply chain services to improve the quality and accountability in the transportation, dispensing and storage of pharmaceutical products. The WDA accreditation recognises these efforts and demonstrates our commitment to a safe, secure and efficient specialty pharmaceutical supply chain.”

With World Courier receiving WDA accreditation, shipments of pharmaceuticals to the company’s U.K. location can be stored in MHRA-approved temperature controlled areas over extended periods of time, such as a weekend. Clients can rely on World Courier to be compliant with the MHRA requirements including equipment, documentation and qualified sub-contractors. Additionally, the supply chain’s security is improved by enhanced security and traceability of the shipments, as per MHRA standards.

The WDA accreditation is one way AmerisourceBergen continues to connect patients to vital treatments when and where they need them. Safe and timely delivery of medication is critical to the success of clinical trials and to patients accessing licensed medicinal products.

About World Courier

World Courier is a global specialty logistics company that designs world-class supply chain programs in complete alignment with customers’ business goals. The company delivers ultimate peace of mind for the transport and storage of time- and temperature-sensitive products. For more than 45 years, only World Courier has delivered the unsurpassed knowledge, global reach and flawless supply chain execution needed to become the most trusted specialty logistics company in the world. For more information, visit worldcourier.com.

About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen is one of the largest global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services companies, helping both healthcare providers and pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers improve patient access to products and enhance patient care. With services ranging from drug distribution and niche premium logistics to reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services, AmerisourceBergen delivers innovative programs and solutions across the pharmaceutical supply channel. With nearly $120 billion in annual revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs approximately 16,000 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #16 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to www.amerisourcebergen.com.