Brussels now IATA Centre of Excellence for pharma

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


Brussels now IATA Centre of Excellence for pharma


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. Additionally, it will be the first airport where all online handling agents will be pharma certified, triggering an increase in transparency and quality of pharma handling.

On 19 August the kick-off of the BRUcargo pharma certification programme took place together with the IATA project team and the 11 participating companies. All the different stakeholders that are involved in the cool chain through the airport are represented in the pilot group: airlines (Brussels Airlines Cargo, Finnair Cargo), handling agents (Aviapartner, Swissport, WFS), forwarders (AD Handling, BPL, Expeditors, UTi, SDV), truckers (Jan de Rijk).

“The wide range and diversity of the participants shows the broad interest of the pharma logistics community based at BRUcargo and the commitment to take the pharma handling to a next level” says Nathan De Valck, Brussels’ cargo resident pharma and life science logistics expert in charge of the pharma and PER projects at Brussels airport.