May 31, 2016: DHL Global Forwarding has launched IATA CEIV Pharma Certification. In the first phase, it includes 30 of its key DHL Air Thermonet GDP Compliant stations worldwide. The project will be conducted in close coordination between DHL and IATA. The assessments are expected to start in the third quarter of 2016.
The DHL Global Forwarding station in Brussels, Belgium has already been awarded the CEIV Pharma Certification. This certificate is given by IATA after independent audits and trainings, and it encompasses IATA Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), European Union Goods Distribution Practices (EU GDP), World Health Organisation Annex 5 and United States Pharmacopeia Standards.
"As global demand for structurally complex, temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products grows, the life sciences and healthcare sector faces the challenges of increasingly stricter regulations and the need for smart cold chains that can secure product integrity and patients' safety," said David Bang, global head of DHL Temperature Management Solutions, DHL Global Forwarding.
The IATA CEIV certification program is based on IATA's Temperature Control Regulations (TCR) and the global Goods Distribution Practices (GDP) guidelines translated to the specific air cargo environment.
"DHL's commitment to join the CEIV pharma program and certify its key global Thermonet facilities is good news for customers who can have even more confidence that their life-saving and temperature sensitive products will be delivered in impeccable condition. For the industry, it is another step towards achieving industry alignment and standardization across the pharmaceutical logistic supply chain, further enhancing the capabilities of the global pharma network," said Glyn Hughes, Global head of Cargo, IATA.
DHL has developed DHL Air Thermonet for temperature sensitive air freight shipments and DHL Ocean Thermonet for customer interested in shipping high value and sensitive goods via ocean.
The facilities selected for the IATA CEIV pharmaceuticals certification are part of DHL Global Forwarding's Thermonet network. DHL Air Thermonet is the global standard for time and temperature sensitive air freight shipments, providing seamless temperature visibility along the supply chain, 24/7/365 proactive monitoring and intervention based on pre-determined touch points and DHL's RFID SmartSensor technology, that is also GDP certified.