Univar becomes the First Chemical Distribution Company to be Awarded an IEA Life Sciences Ireland GDP Passport



Univar has recently become the first chemical distribution company to be awarded a Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Passport by IEA Life Sciences Ireland. The company joins a select group of companies based in Ireland that have been awarded a GDP Passport.

Univar is one of the world's leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals with an extensive network of over 300 distribution facilities in North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America, and additional sales offices in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Univar represents over 2,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base with a full portfolio of products and service offerings from distribution and logistics to value-added solutions such as laboratory services and private label packaging. The company's scale, geographic reach, diversified distribution channels, industry expertise and comprehensive product portfolio enable it to develop strong, long-term relationships with its suppliers. In addition, Univar provides its customers, which are in a diverse set of end markets, with a one-stop-shop solution for their complete chemicals and ingredients needs.

Univar Ireland's purpose-built facility based in Rathcoole, County Dublin, is designed to meet the high standards required by customers operating in the pharmaceutical, medical device, personal care and food environments. Products stored at the facility are classified and segregated to meet the rigorous safety standards required by these industries.

'Good Distribution Practice (GDP) is incredibly important to us as a business and the certification sets Univar apart from its peers,' says Phil Hockaday, Univar's environmental, health and safety director, Univar EMEA. 'We always strive to understand the key issues faced by our customers and tackle them head on. The site's GDP Passport means our customers can have confidence that products shipped by Univar have passed through a reliable and industry-leading supply chain, from our warehouse to final production.'

With a high proportion of products exported from Ireland, Univar is committed to working closely with the Irish Exporters Association to continue to grow its business in line with the requirements of the industries it works with. Univar looks forward to developing its relationship with the Irish Exporters Association and IEA Life Sciences Ireland and continuing to strive for excellence relating to GDP.

Peter Finnegan, IEA Life Sciences Ireland Manager, congratulated Univar on being awarded the GDP Passport and added that he believed that attaining such certification would further enhance the company's reputation in Ireland.