Expanding its Life Science & Healthcare capabilities, Dachser has obtained the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification from IATA for its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) branch.
Dachser notes the transport of life science and health care products is extremely demanding; medications and other pharmaceutical products are frequently temperature-sensitive, urgent shipments, which need to be handled in compliance with a complex regulatory environment.
As an industry standard, the CEIV Pharma certification covers the specific requirements of shippers of pharmaceutical products with regard to secure, correct, and efficient air-freight services.
“The IATA certification is a key pillar of our global air-freight strategy,” says Jochen Müller, COO Air & Sea Logistics at Dachser. “It attests to the highest service and quality standards for life science and healthcare customers through uniform processes and a compliant network.”
The complex certification process began in 2017: CEIV Pharma certification required internal and external training, review of procedures for handling temperature-controlled Life Science & Healthcare shipments, and an extensive assessment of these complex processes by two separate independent validators.
“Our aim is to meet the highest international standards in global transportation of sensitive products,” says Timo Stroh, head of Global Air Freight at Dachser. “This has benefits for our customers. We look forward to playing an important role in the shipment of life-saving medicines, and we will continue to expand our network capabilities as Business Field Solution Life Science & Healthcare over the coming year.”
Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of Cargo at IATA adds: “IATA is very pleased to recognise the growing interest in aviation leaders such as Dachser to ensure the best standards are applied in the transportation of sensitive pharmaceutical products.
“Air freight excellence is most evident when best practice harmonised processes are followed, especially when it comes to transporting potentially life-saving cargo such as pharmaceuticals.”
CEIV Pharma offers the pharmaceutical industry a globally consistent and recognised pharmaceutical product handling certification that meets and exceeds international global standards and guidelines. These include European Union and World Health Organisation Good Distribution Practices (GDP), United States Pharmacopeia standards, and IATA temperature control regulations.