Pharma.Aero has recently added four new members to its ranks with the addition of Japan’s Kansai Airports (KIX and ITM), India’s Penta Freight, Unisys and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
The organisation said that with the accelerated pace of companies lining up to become members, “it is clear that many of the operators of the industry appreciate the content that Pharma.Aero is bringing to our industry”.
Kansai Airports’s Hayato Shingu, Cargo Development Group Aviation Sales & Marketing Department, said the Japanese airport group which includes both Kansai and Itami airports, strongly related to the concept of Pharma.Aero, particularly the focus on improving air transport quality for pharmaceuticals.
“Although Japan is a country with large distribution of pharmaceuticals, quality standards and distribution are not advanced. It is necessary to introduce world standards and raise transportation quality in Japan.
“By joining Pharma.Aero, we are working closely with not only our stakeholders, but also other airports and shippers in other areas to improve transportation quality. We would like to be the leading airport for air pharmaceutical transportation in Northeast Asia,” Shingu said.
Mumbai-based Penta Freight, a specialist logistics service provider to the pharmaceutical industry, is another recent addition. Aditya Parulkar, president of Penta Freight said the company sees the organisation as an ideal platform to “collaborate with like-minded communities across the world and invigorate their global footprint.”
“Penta Freight is honored to be a part of Pharma.Aero and believes that it is the right step forward in bringing relevant stakeholders together to work towards achieving excellence in reliable end-to-end air transportation for pharma shippers,” he said. The company is also now embarking on IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification as part of the pilot community in India.
And speaking for her company, Camille Diges, global director of Life Sciences at Unisys said: “Given Unisys’ track-record of providing modern, business-led solutions to the life sciences, healthcare and air cargo industries, we can bring a unique perspective to the Pharma.Aero community of stakeholders.”
“Like other members of the Pharma.Aero organisation, we share a commitment to identifying best practices to improve visibility and security within every stage of the supply chain. By working together, we can effect change that will lead to better patient health.”
Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) also earlier joined the Pharma.Aero initiative in late February, becoming the first Indian airport to embark on a community approach for IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification.
Manoj Singh, senior vice president and head of cargo at MIAL, said: “We believe this will really add value, quality and safety standards in the entire pharma industry. This focused product management will grow leaps and bounds and the airports are going to be informed through shippers what exactly the quality they demand. This will open communication channels among stakeholders of pharma supply chain.”
Pharma.Aero, the umbrella organisation initiated by Brussels and Miami airports, was launched officially at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum in Paris in October 2016. One of the prerequisites for Pharma.Aero membership is a certification and full endorsement of the standards set out in the Pharma CEIV scheme.