ANA is the first airline in Japan to be awarded the IATA CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) Pharma Certification, a globally recognised pharmaceutical product handling accreditation at ANA’s largest cargo operation, located at Narita International Airport (Tokyo).
The CEIV Pharma Certification seeks to provide a high quality handling process, protecting the product quality during the transportation from environmental factors such as temperature excursions. In order to obtain this certification, ANA had to clear a check list comprised of approximately 250 audit items.
To provide a higher quality in handling and transporting pharmaceutical products, ANA implemented numerous enhancements in various areas leading up to the CEIV process, such as organisational structure, training, quality management, and handling manual.
Last autumn, ANA developed a new solution for temperature controlled product transportation –PRIO IB Fixed Temp. – with the carrier saying it will continue to strengthen the quality of pharmaceutical handling to meet customer’s needs.
The certification encompasses and in some cases exceeds, existing pharmaceutical standards and guidelines such as the European Union’s Good Distribution Practice and the World Health Organisation’s Good Distribution Practices for Pharmaceutical Products.
ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers and flies on 87 international routes and 121 domestic routes with its fleet of about 250 aircraft. ANA operates twelve B767-300 freighters on 18 international routes and six domestic routes.