Brussels Airport launches BRUcargo project

Objective of program is to upgrade, align and standardise pharma handling processes to improve handling of pharmaceutical cargo.

Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport has launched its BRUcargo pharma certification program. The objective of this program is to upgrade, align and standardise the pharma handling processes as well as to train industry stakeholders through the entire cool chain on and around the airport in order to improve the handling of pharmaceutical cargo with the objective to maintain the integrity of the product at all time.

The entire BRUcargo air freight community is invited to join the program, involving but not limited to airlines, handling agents, freight forwarders and truckers. Brussels Airport has worked on a common industry format for the auditing process in line with GDP and shipper requirements that will be used to assess all stakeholders in the cool chain. A checklist has been developed in collaboration with and validated by the major Belgian pharma shippers. The Belgian regulator (FAGG) and Customs Administration will also have a voice in the assessment items.

“For several years now, Brussels Airport has been focusing on improving the cool chain and pharma handling at Brussels Airport. Active in various industry bodies such as the Cool Chain Association (CCA) and the IATA Time and Temperature Task Force (IATA TTTF) Brussels Airport supports  standardisation initiatives and promotes compliance to regulations and to international standards on a higher level for the benefit of the air cargo industry”, says Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport.