Brussels airport is Iata certified as pharma hub
Geneva, August 28, 2014
Brussels Airport has become the first European hub for pharmaceutical freight using the International Air Transport Association’s (Iatas) global certification programme for shipping cold-chain pharmaceuticals.
The Iata centre of excellence for independent validators (Ceiv) pharma is a standardised global certification programme that trains and conducts onsite assessments to provide the expertise needed adequately to transport cold-chain pharmaceutical products across the world, a statement said.
The global pharmaceutical industry will spend an estimated $8.36 billion on cold chain logistics this year and is expected to expand to more than $10 billion by 2018, according to a recent report.
The pharmaceutical industry has relied heavily on the airline industry for its speed and efficiency in transporting thigh-value, time- and temperature-sensitive cargo. However, until this year, there were no global certification standards that could be internationally recognised and implemented.
"Iata has been working very hard with our stakeholders to ensure product integrity for these types of shipments," said Tony Tyler, Iata director general and CEO. "The Ceiv pharma certification programme provides participants in the air cargo value chain with the tools to ensure that they are operating to the highest standards for the transport of what in many cases are life-saving drugs and medicines. And it will give pharmaceutical companies confidence and assurance that their cold-chain logistics requirements are being met through an independent certification process." – TradeArabia News Service