Brussels Airport is IATA certified as pharma hub

Brussels Airport is the first European hub for pharmaceutical freight using IATA’s global certification program for shipping cold-chain pharmaceuticals.


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Brussels Airport is the first European hub for pharmaceutical freight using IATA’s global certification programme for shipping cold-chain pharmaceuticals. The IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Pharma) is a standardised global certification programme that trains and conducts onsite assessments to provide the expertise needed adequately to transport cold-chain pharmaceutical products across the world.

Brussels Airport is inviting a group of 10 local stakeholders (ground handlers, freight forwarders, truckers and airlines) to undergo the CEIV Pharma training, bringing the cargo community together for the common goal of becoming certified. This will allow those Brussels-based stakeholders to offer pharmaceutical companies the competitive advantage of assuring cold-chain integrity to their clients.

Since the programme goes beyond the Good Distribution Practices (GDP) covering air transport requirements, it is particularly attractive to forward-looking stakeholders who value the extra confidence this certification brings to their pharmaceutical clients. In February, SATS Coolport (Singapore)–which handled more than 15,200 tonnes of pharmaceuticals in 2013—received its CEIV Pharma certification. 

The pharmaceutical industry has relied heavily on the airline industry for its speed and efficiency in transporting high-value, time- and temperature-sensitive cargo. However, until this year, there were no global certification standards that could be internationally recognised and implemented.