Germany’s DHL Supply Chain Life Sciences has concluded the construction of a new 2°C-8°C temperature-controlled clean room at its secondary packaging site in Banbury, UK.

The new goods manufacturing practice (GMP) compliant facility meets growing demands to maintain cold chain conditions while performing secondary packaging tasks.

Complementing DHL’s existing secondary packaging facilities, the new 18m² room has separate access lobbies for personnel and materials.

The company currently has five controlled 15°C-25°C ambient rooms, four of which are designed to meets Class 10,000 HVAC specifications, while one will be used for assembling medical devices and lab ancillaries.

"The addition of a dedicated chilled CGMP packaging room allows us to expand our portfolio of packaging services."

DHL clinical trials and packaging services global operations director Peter Goold said: “As fully compliant end-to-end cold chain management becomes a central theme within the challenges posed to our customers, we must ensure we have the best operational capabilities to deal with this growing need.

“The addition of a dedicated chilled CGMP packaging room allows us to expand our portfolio of packaging services and enhance DHL’s position as a leading solutions provider in the Clinical Trials market.

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“This is part of our obligation to ensure the stability of products that we are trusted with, and the safety of the patients that receive them.”

DHL provides various secondary packaging solutions, such as product presentation changes, labelling, redressing, kitting, sealing and blinding of clinical trial products in controlled ambient conditions for the European market.