Brussels develops pharma handling certification

Brussels Airport has launched an ambitious BRUcargo pharma certification programme aiming to solidify its position as the preferred European pharma gateway.


Brussels develops pharma handling certification


Brussels Airport has launched an ambitious BRUcargo pharma certification programme aiming to solidify its position as the preferred European pharma gateway. “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.

The objective of this programme 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.

“Today, more and more logistical service providers involved in air freight are looking at Good Distribution Practices (GDP) certification and meeting international standards”, confirms Nathan De Valck, the project’s manager at Brussels Airport. “But not all companies in the cargo chain can get a GDP license issued by the Belgian regulator. The legal responsibility of the regulator only covers part of the cargo chain. As a result of this limitation, GDP does not allow the airfreight industry to get a fully certified and a quality cool chain offering transparency and reliability to the shippers. Our project, based on the GDP, offers to everybody in the logistical chain the opportunity to demonstrate that the standards and training needed to get such a certificate are met.”