Brussels Airport poised to become world’s first CEIV Pharma certified community

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Geneva, September 4, 2014 (STAT):-Brussels Airport is taking initiatives to get the ceritification of IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Pharma) . The airport is inviting a group of ten local stakeholders (ground handlers, freight forwarders, truckers and airlines) to undergo the CEIV Pharma training, bringing the cargo community together for the common goal of becoming certified. This will allow those Brussels-based stakeholders to offer pharmaceutical companies the competitive advantage of assuring cold-chain integrity to their clients. This certificate will enable the Brussels Airport to win the confidence of pharmaceutical clients on their expertise in shipping pharmaceutical products.

The pharmaceutical industry has relied heavily on the airline industry for its speed and efficiency in transporting high-value, time- and temperature-sensitive cargo. However, until this year, there were no global certification standards that could be internationally recognized 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 program 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.”

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