Kansai Airports’ KIX Pharma Community has achieved IATA CEIV Pharma Certification on 10 June, becoming the first airport community in Japan to be awarded the certificate in pharmaceutical handling excellence.
The CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) Pharma Certification is a globally recognised standard for pharmaceutical product handling.
Partnering with international cargo handlers at KIX, Kansai Airports established the community in August 2017 with an aim of meeting the industry’s international standard for air transportation of pharma products.
The KIX Pharma Community participating companies are: CKTS (Kansai Airports Group); JAL Kansai Aircargo System; Hankyu Hanshin Express; Bolloré Logistics Japan; Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation; and Yusen Logistics.
ANA, which has substantial services to KIX, was the first airline in Japan to be awarded the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification in November 2017 at ANA’s largest cargo operation, located at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT).
“With all the community members being CEIV Parma certified, more consistent quality throughout the supply chain will be ensured, thus offering customers safer and higher-quality pharma cargo service,” the airport says.
“Kansai Airports is committed to providing quality handling of pharmaceutical cargo while continually making joint efforts with its partners,” it adds.
Kansai Airports was established by a consortium made up of VINCI Airports and ORIX Corporation as its core members, taking over the operations of Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Osaka International Airport (ITM) from New Kansai International Airport Company (NKIAC). Kansai Airports has been operating the two airports since 1 April 2016.