DHL stations in Hamburg and Frankfurt gain IATA CEIV pharma certification

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August 22, 2017: DHL Global Forwarding has received International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEIV certification for pharma handling for its air freight stations in Frankfurt and Hamburg.

Following Leipzig earlier this year, two more German DHL sites have received the certification of the aviation industry's umbrella association.

"Time critical and temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products require the highest quality standards in terms of warehousing, transportation and handling. To achieve this, standardized processes and a compliant, well-orchestrated network are mandatory. Seeing Frankfurt and Hamburg extending our global network on stations certified according the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard is a great achievement giving a strong signal in terms of quality and reliability towards our customers," states Thilo Specht, vice president Airfreight Germany, DHL Global Forwarding.

DHL started to certify its global stations according to the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard in the third quarter of 2016. In the first period around 30 freight stations run through an independent auditing process including courses for employees on-site. At each location, the umbrella association IATA examines the station's correspondence to the Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), the Good Distribution Practices (GDP) guidelines of the European Union, the Annex 5 of the World Health Organization and the United States Pharmacopeia Standards.

The DHL Thermonet Station in Leipzig was the very first German station of DHL Global Forwarding receiving this quality label in April 2017.

With its international network, DHL offers at all of its Air Thermonet locations a wide-ranging product portfolio, covering all client needs for time and temperature sensitive airfreight shipments. Thus DHL has successfully established itself as the market leader for logistics solutions in the life sciences and healthcare industry.

Due to its unique cloud-based IT platform LifeTrack, DHL offers more transparency in comparison to conventional offers in the area of temperature-controlled transports. LifeTrack not only ensures shipment tracking but also enables an intervention, if necessary, during the supply process around the clock on 365 days a year. With this quality assurance initiative DHL positions itself as a reliable partner for the transport of structural complex and temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products.

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