SDV, a leader in the global supply chain management of pharmaceutical products, is set to become the first freight forwarder to implement IATA’s CEIV Pharma Certification in 16 major airports worldwide. SDV has unveiled its plan to become the first company in the international transport and logistics industry to implement certified worldwide locations under IATA’s programme.
The Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification programme aims to become the globally recognised standard for the handling of pharmaceutical cargo across the following areas: infrastructure improvement, staff training levels and standards of control worldwide.
As a key provider end-to-end pharmaceutical supply chain services, SDV was part of the initial wave of eleven companies participating in the 2014 BRUcargo pharma certification programme. Based on the positive feedback and benefits observed from the community approach at Brussels airport, SDV said it then decided to certify 16 air stations in Europe, Asia, North America and South Africa.
“The certification will help us demonstrate to clients and prospects SDV’s strong expertise in handling pharmaceutical products; especially through our quality management system and the rigorous training of our commercial and operational teams. It will increase security across major trade lanes from origin to destination and optimise the cold chain flow” says Brice Bellin, SDV Europe Healthcare director.
SDV supports the CEIV Pharma Certification program and will continue to work closely with IATA and its industry working group, the Time and Temperature Task Force, to improve, develop, promote and expand the IATA standards and the CEIV Pharma programme.
“Air freight handlers today require specific capabilities to manage pharmaceutical products compared to products from other type of industries. The CEIV Pharma programme aims to implement a global standard across the air cargo supply chain by addressing the challenges of each stakeholder, including the latest achievements in pharmaceutical product transportation.
“This programme is proof that the air cargo industry is taking the challenges and concerns of the pharma shippers seriously to ensure that pharmaceutical products get to their destination swiftly and safely”, says Glyn Hughes, head of cargo at IATA.