BBE receives IATA CEIV Pharma certification
The certification also supports an initiative with the Edmonton International Airport to develop a pharmaceutical logistics community at the airport, a first in Canada.
BBE has been certified under the International Air Transport Association’s pharmaceutical logistics seal of excellence, CEIV Pharma (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics). This designation confirms both their freight forwarding and ground handler services meet the highest standards in the industry and certifies the quality of their services for delivery of healthcare products across Canada and internationally, including regions with the most challenging logistics. The certification also supports an initiative with the Edmonton International Airport to develop a pharmaceutical logistics community at the airport, a first in Canada.
Myron Keehn, vice president, Air Service & Business Development, Edmonton International Airport, stated, “Achieving this international certification has been a major priority for EIA's cargo operations and we're thrilled that a critical partner for us, BBE, has now achieved both certifications needed for its CEIV status. We want to congratulate our friends and partners who have worked hard on this. It will help us continue to make Edmonton a global shipping destination for temperature sensitive cargo, including bio-pharma and agricultural products.”
This industry-wide standard could not have come at a better time for the full-service supply chain company as this year has been exceptionally challenging with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The coming months will be vital to ensure that vaccines are delivered for safe use all over the world and BBE is looking to ensure vaccines are safely delivered throughout Canada.
“Knowing that historically 25 per cent of all vaccines worldwide arrive degraded due to incorrect shipping and that 20 per cent of temperature sensitive products are damaged due to breaks in the cold chain, this means that people’s health security can be compromised within supply chains. This is what inspired us to build upon our years of delivering pharmaceuticals and health care products into remote communities across Canada,” stated Heather Stewart, president, BBE.