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Rhenus achieves prestigious IS0 13485 certification for medical device transport

Rhenus Air & Ocean UK has achieved the prestigious ISO 13485 certification with 100 per cent compliance. The ISO 13485 certification is critical to the transportation and handling of medical devices, including in-body equipment.

Marie-Louise Watkins, Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare North-West Europe, and Spencer Davern, Managing Director Rhenus Air & Ocean UK, receive the ISO 13485 certification with 100 per cent compliance.

An international standard, ISO 13485 details the requirements for a comprehensive quality management system, ensuring that businesses working with the medical devices industry adhere and comply with the highest standards in the life sciences and healthcare sector. The certification, a globally recognised hallmark of excellence, demonstrates the company’s commitment to quality management systems specific to the medical device industry.

"Receiving the ISO 13485 certification is a testament to our continuous commitment to delivering the highest levels of quality and safety in the medical device industry, reflecting our dedication to meeting and exceeding the expectations of our customers,” said Spencer Davern, Managing Director of Rhenus Air & Ocean UK. “We were also delighted to achieve a perfect 100 per cent compliance score – a remarkable feat for a first-time certification.”

Located close to London Heathrow Airport, the Ashford, Middlesex facility specializes in Life Sciences and Healthcare. Launched in 2022, it is the first warehouse of its kind in Europe for the Rhenus Group. The specialist facility is an all-inclusive solution for import and export logistics, offering a white glove service for temperature-controlled storage and distribution from end to end. 

"The ISO 13485 certification not only demonstrates our commitment to quality but also positions us as a reliable partner in the medical device industry. It is a recognition of our dedication to customer satisfaction, risk management, and international standards,” added Stephan Duelk, Global Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare, Rhenus Air & Ocean.

Reflecting its global commitment to delivering high quality services and products across its entire life sciences and healthcare network, the ISO 13485 certification is also held by Rhenus warehouses in several key locations including Strasbourg, Berlin, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Tilburg.

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About Rhenus

The Rhenus Group is one of the leading logistics specialists with global business operations and annual turnover amounting to EUR 8.6 billion. 39,000 employees work at 1,120 business sites and develop innovative solutions along the complete supply chain. Whether providing transport, warehousing, customs clearance or value-added services, the family-owned business pools its operations in various business units where the needs of customers are the major focus at all times.

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