DHL Receives IATA CEIV Pharma Certification
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 training, and it encompasses IATA Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), European Union Goods Distribution Practices (EU GDP), World Health Organization 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, DHL Temperature Management Solutions, DHL Global Forwarding. “The IATA CEIV certification is yet another initiative as part of our continuous improvement activities to ensure our specialized and compliant network is up to the latest quality standard and recommends DHL as the right partner to the life sciences and healthcare sector.”
DHL Global Forwarding has launched its global CEIV Pharma certification which includes 30 of its key DHL Air Thermonet GDP Compliant stations worldwide in the first phase. The project will be conducted in close coordination between DHL and IATA and the assessments are expected to start in the third quarter of 2016.
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. IATA has great experience in establishing industry standards (dangerous goods, pharmaceutical handling, live animals etc.) and represents a quality reference for the various industry players such as handling agents, airlines, forwarders, shippers and companies in the life science and healthcare sector.
“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 conditions. For the industry, it is another step towards achieving industry alignment and standardization across the pharmaceutical logistics supply chain, further enhancing the capabilities of the global pharma network,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA Global Head of Cargo.