WFS’ Amsterdam Schiphol pharma handling facilities gain CEIV certification

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Jan 23, 2019: Cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has gained IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its pharmaceutical handling facilities at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

At the airport, WFS provides dedicated temperature-controlled facilities for pharma products requiring both 2-8C and 15-25C environments. 

The preparations for the audit involved carrying out a risk analysis and updating its quality management system and operating procedures to ensure full compliance with IATA's requirements.

All employees received specific training on the procedures and pharma handling processes, while the team leading the CEIV programme for WFS also completed IATA's own CEIV Pharma course.

Stephane Scholving, WFS' managing director in Amsterdam said: "Completing the audit process has enhanced our ability to provide safe and secure handling of temperature controlled pharmaceutical shipments and will allow us to develop closer partnerships with our airline customers in support of their own shipper and forwarder clients, which trust them to protect the quality of their pharmaceutical shipments throughout the transportation process."

WFS handles more than 220,000 tonnes of cargo a year at Amsterdam Schiphol on behalf of some 70 airline customers. This will increase again on February 1 when WFS commences a new cargo contract for Lufthansa Cargo.

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