DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, certified its air freight stations in Frankfurt and Hamburg according to the CEIV Pharma Standard of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Following Leipzig earlier this year two more German sites have received the CEIV Pharma Certification of the aviation industry’s umbrella association. The certification attests the highest service and quality standards for life sciences and healthcare customers.
“Time critical and temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products require the highest quality standards in terms of warehousing, transportation and handling. To achieve this, standardized processes and a compliant, well-orchestrated network are mandatory. Seeing Frankfurt and Hamburg extending our global network on stations certified according the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard is a great achievement giving a strong signal in terms of quality and reliability towards our customers,” says Thilo Specht, Vice President Airfreight Germany, DHL Global Forwarding.
DHL started to certify its global stations according to the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard in the third quarter of 2016. In the first period around 30 freight stations run through an independent auditing process including courses for employees on-site. At each location, the umbrella association IATA examines the station’s correspondence to the Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), the Good Distribution Practices (GDP) guidelines of the European Union, the Annex 5 of the World Health Organization and the United States Pharmacopeia Standards.