Mar 18, 2016: Düsseldorf Airport Cargo GmbH (FDCG) has been given the official CEIV-Pharma certification by International Air Transport Association (IATA) for its safe and professional handling of pharmaceutical products – the first for a German company.
To ensure safe handling and optimal storage of pharma products, which are usually highly sensitive, FDCG started operating the DUS Pharma Center (DPC) around August 2015.
The DPC offers a total of 23 temperature controlled cold rooms which allow individual settings between 2 and 25 degrees Celsius.
“IATA’s standards, which are set for high-quality transport of pharmaceutical products, will become the global model in the long run,” Gerton Hulsman, CEO of the airport’s freight subsidiary, is convinced.
“That’s why there was no question that we would put those guidelines directly into practice. After all, an optimal transportation route is our top priority – for the benefit of our clients and their products. The CEIV-Certificate, which we now hold as the first airport in Germany, attests to it. CEIV stands for IATA’s Center of Excellence of Independent Validators,” added Hulsman.
FDCG handles about 100,000 tonnes of airfreight each year. The share of pharmaceutical products – from basic ingredients of pharmaceuticals (often import) to ready-made medications such as insulin (usually export) – has grown steadily since 2008.
DPC, in which Düsseldorf Airport Cargo has invested about 3 million euros, has created 12 new jobs. In total, FDCG has 190 employees.
Photo caption: Thomas Schürmann (Düsseldorf Airport Cargo), Nick Careen (IATA), Gerton Hulsman (Düsseldorf Airport Cargo)