Avant Air and Sea Awarded GDP Passport and is now an IEA approved Logistics provider to the Life Sciences industry in Ireland

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Avant Air and Sea Awarded GDP Passport and is now an IEA approved Logistics provider to the Life Sciences industry in Ireland

August 09
13:48 2013

Irish Exporters Association (IEA) Life Sciences Ireland Division awards Avant Air and Sea in Ballycoolin, Dublin with Full Passport Status for Good Distribution Practice (GDP).

John WhelanChief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) stated at the award ceremony:

“The strict requirements laid down by the IEA in order to be awarded a GDP (Good Distribution Practice) Passport are essential to ensure that the highest standards and quality is provided by supply chain and logistics companies to the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies in Ireland.

Avant Air and Sea have shown strong commitment to the Life Sciences Industry by undergoing the training requirements to achieve the GDP Passport.”

David Warren, Director of Avant Air and Sea Ireland stated:  “We are delighted to receive the IEA Life Sciences Ireland GDP Passport.  Our commitment to quality standards underpins everything we do at Avant.  A Customer for Life has always been the cornerstone approach to our business.  We expect that receiving this award will further enhance our reputation with our clients in the Pharma and Medical Devices Industries.  We continually strive to develop and improve all our internal processes to ensure a competitive advantage for Avant and to ensure that clients are served in the manner they expect.”

About Avant Air and Sea

Formed in 1990, Avant have grown from humble beginnings in Dublin Port to a position where they compete on the world stage.  In the early 1990’s directors, David Warren and Michael McLeod anticipated the future growth of China and Asian markets and set out to develop a presence there to meet the needs of Asian exporters and Irish importers.

Driven by the desire to become market leaders through offering 1st class services, competitively priced, we opened the Avant Hong Kong office in 1997 and our regional Headquarters in Shanghai in 2004.

Through our affiliate offices we can offer services by sea, air and land to over 140 countries through all continents.

About IEA Life Sciences Ireland

Life Sciences Ireland, a division of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) was established in 2006. Until recently IEA Life Sciences Ireland focused mainly on the area of Good Distribution Practice (GDP).  IEA Life Sciences Ireland has developed a range of different GDP training courses for people working in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors but also for sub-supply companies and service providers that do business with these sectors.  An IEA Certified GDP Passport Scheme has also been developed, which has proven very attractive to industry in Ireland and increasingly to overseas organisations.

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has received part-funding through the Ireland Wales 2007–2013 Interreg 4A programme to develop a new knowledge portal for the life sciences sector.  This industry-led initiative concentrates on the development of a knowledge portal that will host customised training modules on a range of supply chain issues and also act as an industry communication platform going forward.


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